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”

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”

Seeking Meaning

“And the life of Sarah was one hundred years and twenty years and seven years; [these were] the years of the life of Sarah.” – Genesis 23:1, The Complete Jewish Tanach Commentary notes that there is a specific reason that the word “years” appears after each component number of the total number of years ofContinue reading “Seeking Meaning”

Integrity’s Origins

“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine; he was priest of G-d the Most High.” – Genesis 14:18, JPS 1917 Tanach A tenth of all that Abraham retrieved from the five kings was given to Melchizedek; the remainder was considered properly tithed from the perspective of a later Torah injunction; yet, AbrahamContinue reading “Integrity’s Origins”

Clouds of Glory

Sukkot 5782 – Shabbat Chol HaMoed Torah reading: Exodus 33:12 – 34:26 The word sakoti, similar to sukkah, means cover or covering, and is found in the following verse: “And it shall come to pass, while My glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover [sakoti] theeContinue reading “Clouds of Glory”

Shabbat Shuvah 5782

“And they shall say on that day, ‘Surely it is because our G-d is not in our midst that these evils have befallen us.’” – Deuteronomy 31:17, JPS 1985 Tanach “They will be intelligent enough to conclude that all the troubles which suddenly overtook them must be due to G-d having deliberately left their midst.”Continue reading “Shabbat Shuvah 5782”

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