Chaye Sara- Ensuring the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

This week’s סדרה opens up with Sarah’s death and a lengthy description of Avraham’s acquiring of מערת המכפלה as a burial ground for her and future generations of Jews. In continuing with פרשת חיי שרה’s theme of life cycle events, Avraham sends his trusted servant Eliezer to find a wife for his son Yitzchak, in […]

Tazria/Hachodesh- The Birth of a Redemption

Continuing on the topic of טומאה and טהרה from last week, our פרשה shifts from the laws relating to animals to those for humans. And, as Ibn Ezra writes, what better place to start than with childbirth, one of the happiest and most beautiful parts of any couple’s life, when they partner with G-d to create another human being: וַיְדַבֵּר […]

Behar/Bechukotai- A Land of Loyalty

Click here for printer-friendly PDF version A LAND OF LOYALTY Based on a d’var torah by Rav Chaim Jachter, a rebbe of mine and author of the Gray Matter series Parshat Bechukotai features quite possibly one of the scariest parts of the entire Chumash; the תוכחה (admonition), where the Jewish Nation is warned of what […]

Parshat Yitro- Anticipation and Realization

Printer-Friendly Version (‘אָנֹכִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִיךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מִבֵּית עֲבָדִים” (שמות כ’:ב” In this week’s פרשה, the Jewish Nation reaches the climax of its Exodus from Egypt: מתן תורה, the receiving of the תורה and the עשרת הדברות. This event, where G-d initially speaks to בני ישראל directly, represents a national physical and spiritual […]