Archive for Parsha

Jacob: Nobody’s Sucker – Parshas Vayishlach

Jacob: Nobody’s Sucker – Parshas Vayishlach

The patriarch Jacob, my namesake (Jacob Shmuel) of whom we have read the past few weeks in the Bible, is the most maligned of all the patriarchs. He is the one whom non-Jews can do without. The Christians through St. Paul claim to have been…

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Lech Lecha – Abraham Discovers the God of the Philosophers

Lech Lecha – Abraham Discovers the God of the Philosophers

In this week’s Parsha we read of Abraham, the first Jew, and the first to discover a Creator. For a moment, let us contrast God’s revelation at Sinai when He gave the Torah and revealed Himself to all as Master of the Universe, with Abraham’s…

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Noah – Humanity is Annihilated with a Flood

Noah – Humanity is Annihilated with a Flood

None of us will ever adequately understand why God decimated humanity with a flood. When I was a child I loved the reading of Noah because the flood was so exciting, like a Hollywood movie (which it would later become, thank you Russell Crowe). As…

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Bereishis

Bereishis

In this week’s Torah Reading – Bereishis – we reembark on the annual cycle, returning to the very beginning of the Bible — Genesis. Our story begins with the world’s creation in its seven wondrous days, but soon devolves into the story of Adam and…

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