Shemot- Suffering from Submissiveness

As we begin Sefer Shemot, we find the Jewish people at a spiritual and physical low. The Egyptians, having lost their economy to a famine, start a long-lasting precedent of blaming the Jews, and they enslave their neighbors in the service of the country. Then, Paroah, the king of Egypt, hatches a plan to break the […]

Parshat Shemot- More than a Name

(ואלה שמות בני ישראל” (א’:א” This week’s פרשה, and ספר שמות, open several generations after the end of the previous one, and tells us of the terrible transformation in the Jewish people’s standing in Egypt- having gone from a relatively successful and separate family within a foreign land to being enslaved by their host country. […]

Parshat Vayishlach- There are no ‘con’s in conflict

(כִּי-רָאִיתִי אֱלֹקים פָּנִים אֶל-פָּנִים” (ל”ב:ל”א” The following d’var torah is based on a shiur given by Rav Shalom Miller, one of my rabeim at Machon Lev, and is dedicated in commemoration of the recent tenth yahrtzeit of my great-grandmother Ellen Schloss Neuman, מרים בת פנחס ע”ה. As Mark Twain once said “It’s not the size of […]