Saturday, November 22, 2014 Heshvan 29, 5775
VAYETZE, Genesis 28:10-32:3
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
There is no doubt that Laban is the villain in this week's parshah. He takes advantage of Jacob's intense love for Rachel to make Jacob an indentured servant, and then deceives him by substituting Leah for Rachel and extracting another seven years of unpaid labor from his nephew. Later, when Jacob's unpaid service has been completed and they agree on...
Comment0
Toldot, Genesis 25:19-28:9
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
If you have turned 40, you know it's no ordinary birthday; if you're not yet 40, pray to God you get there -- with appropriate trepidation. These thoughts on "40" are prompted by our parshah's curious insistence that Isaac married Rebecca when he was 40. Commentators are taken aback, if for no other reason than that 40 is pretty old...
Comment0
Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18
By:
Rabbi Shomo Riskin
Throughout the three biblical portions that deal with Abraham's life, we read of the tensions between Abraham and Sarah concerning the treatment of Hagar and Ishmael. Given that the Ramban established that one of the central principles driving Genesis is that "the stories of the ancestors presage and foreshadow the history of their descendants," the interplay between these personalities is...
Comment0
Va-yera, Genesis 18:1-22:24
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
This week's parshah, Va-Yera, continues the story of Abraham and Sarah that we began reading last week. Abraham welcomes three travelers, not realizing that they are, in fact, angels. They tell Abraham that his 90-year-old wife, Sarah, will bear him a son, and we also read about the birth of that son, Isaac. Abraham attempts to bargain with God to...
Comment0
LEKH LEKHA, Genesis 12:1-17:27
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Here's a fantasy to indulge in. A lawyer knocks on your door and announces you've inherited a family estate you knew nothing about. The only thing standing between you and your landed fortune is proof of identity, which you gladly offer, and the inheritance becomes yours. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev notes that our parshah's story of Abraham is like...
Comment0
Advertisement
Advertisement

Advertisement