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 […]

Balak- Man’s Plans are No Laughing Matter

Based on Torah originally taught by Rav Shalom Miller. Karl Marx, German-born Jew and author of The Communist Manifesto, was once quoted as saying “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” While this quote could apply to many situations, to Marx’s own ancestors, history’s repetition is far from a farce. Unfortunately, the Jewish […]

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 Miketz/Chanukah- Modern Maccabees

This week’s פרשה opens with פרעה dreaming some bad dreams which no one could interpret. The שר המשקים, realizing that he knows someone who could interpret פרעה’s dream, begins a reluctant, long-winded explanation of how he came to know יוסף, culminating in his unflattering description of a “נער עברי.” Rashi, cursing the wicked who cannot […]

Parshat Lech Lecha- The Bane of Ishmael

Printer-friendly version: LechLecha73 (‘ולישמאעל שמעתי בך הנה ברכתי אותו… נשיאים יולד” (בראשית י”ז:כ” At the end of this week’s parsha, G-d makes a new ברית with Avraham Avinu. In it, Hashem changes אברם and שרי’s names to אברהם and שרה and charges the newly-renamed Avraham Avinu to give a ברית מילה to all of the males […]