Genesis – Bereisheet

Parshat Toldot: Isaac – Abraham’...

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Repetitive text? “These are the generations of Isaac the son of Abraham, Abraham gave birth to Isaac.” So begins our parshah this week. Immediately one is struck

Parshat Chayei Sarah: Sarah’s Judgmen...

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Let us take a deeper look at the holy Name, Adni אדנ־י , which we have already seen is the secret of Sarah’s 127 years. This Name permutes

Parshat Chayei Sarah: A Balanced View of Re...

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The Arizal explained the following about the 127 years of Sarah’s life: “The life of Sarah was one-hundred years and twenty years and seven years.”

Parshat Chayei Sarah: Two Ways to Count to ...

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Life Our parsha begins with the verses: And the life of Sarah was one hundred year[s] and twenty year[s] and seven years; [these were] the years of

Lech Lecha: What It Means to be a “He...

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Abraham the Hebrew Before we were called either the Children of Israel, or Jews, we were called Hebrews. When Joseph is questioned in Egypt as

Lech Lecha: Abraham and the Wisdom of the B...

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231 Gates God created the world with the holy language, Hebrew. Sefer Yetizrah (The Book of Formation), the very first Kabbalistic text, describes this process and mentions

Lech Lecha: The Power to Bless Others As a ...

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Yesterday we dealt in length with Abraham, Shimon, and Levi donning the garments of the Canaanites. All of our analysis would have been purely academic,

Lech Lecha: Tikun Olam Requires that You Ma...

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Garments and Vessels Today, and for the rest of the week, we will focus on the verse studied yesterday. Let us quote it once more:

Noach: Transmutation

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Daily Insight #4 For the remaining days in this week of parshat Noach, we will concentrate on the window that Noah was commanded to make in the

Noach: The Ark of Speech

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Daily Insight #3 God commanded Noah to build an ark within which he, his family, and all living beings would be saved from the flood: