Moving Beyond

“The children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the water was to them like a wall from their right and from their left.” – Exodus 14:29, JPS 1917 Tanach Passing through the Sea of Reeds, B’nei Yisrael (the Children of Israel) walked along a corridor created by aContinue reading “Moving Beyond”

Crossroad to Freedom

parashas Va’eira 5782 “I am the L-RD. I will free you from the labors of the Egyptians and deliver you from their bondage. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and through extraordinary chastisements. And I will take you to be my people, and I will be your G-d.” – Exodus 6:6, JPSN OutContinue reading “Crossroad to Freedom”

parashas Shemot 5782

Humble Origins, Humble Beginnings “And the woman conceived, and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.” – Exodus 2:2 Enslaved, at the bottom of the pyramid of the social structure, and strangers in a land that is not their own (Genesis 15:13). The wordsContinue reading “parashas Shemot 5782”

parashas Vayechi 5782 – Perspective

“When Joseph saw.” – Genesis 48:17 When the time arrived for Jacob to give his blessings to his children, he began by blessing his two grandchildren, Joseph’s two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. Because his father’s eyesight was dim, Joseph specifically arranged the children for the blessings: Manasseh, the older son, he placed toward Jacob’s rightContinue reading “parashas Vayechi 5782 – Perspective”

Divine Orchestration

“And he fell upon his brethren, and wept upon them; and after his brethren talked with him.” – Genesis 45:15 One can only imagine the conversations that ensued, after Joseph had revealed himself to his brothers. Twenty-to years had passed, since Joseph had been thrown into a pit, and sold to traders passing by Shechem,Continue reading “Divine Orchestration”

Reuben’s Grief

parashas Vayeishev 5782 “He tried to save him from them. He said, ‘Let us not take his life.” And Reuben went on, ‘Shed no blood. Cast him into that pit in the wilderness, but do not touch him yourselves’ – intending to save him from them and restore him to his father.” – Genesis 37:21-22,Continue reading “Reuben’s Grief”

Yaakov and the Angelic Messengers

After a treaty was made with Laban, Jacob’s Uncle who would have done him harm were it not for H’Shem’s intervention, when He appeared to Laban in a dream saying, “do not speak to Jacob either good or evil” (Genesis 31:24), Jacob encountered angels of G-d (Genesis 32:2). “When he saw them, Jacob said, ‘thisContinue reading “Yaakov and the Angelic Messengers”

Jacob’s Ladder

parashas Vayeitzei 5782 Life, time, and personal growth may be reckoned according to increments. Such as markers along the way, in terms of life events, both universal and personal. For example, what humankind has in common, regarding birth, religious commitment (Bar or Bas Mitzvah in Judaism), finding a vocation, marriage, and death. As for theContinue reading “Jacob’s Ladder”

Values and Responsiblity

weekly Torah reading: parashas Toldos 5782 The birthright is a responsibility that Esau chose not to accept upon himself, as is written, “I am at the point of death, so what use is my birthright to me?” (Genesis 25:32, JPS 1985 Tanach). Implicitly, this statement denoted his character and temperament at a crucial moment inContinue reading “Values and Responsiblity”

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