Yonah Bar-Maoz Department of Bible by the faculty of Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. Who were the three “men” who visited Abraham? They are indeed called “men” in Chapter 18, men who eat and drink and perhaps even wash their feet. Later, however, it becomes clear beyond a shadow of doubt that these are […]
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Prof. Ben-Zion Katz M.D. Genesis 17 (vv. 23-27), Abraham, his son Ishmael, and their entire household are circumcised; parashat Vayera (Gen. 18) begins immediately after this. The first few verses of the parasha read (the New Jewish Publication Society translation, with some modifications): אוַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו יְהוָה בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא וְהוּא יֹשֵׁב פֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם. בוַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים […]
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In a stunning historic development this week (17-23 November 2019 – 5780 Bible Calendar) the attention of the World has been drawn to the Original Bible Land – the much contested ‘Judea and Samaria.’ as being the legal right of the Jews to possess. This occurred when the President of the USA shocked the World […]
Yet how is any of this conceivable? Abraham and Sarah were commanded by God to leave everything that was familiar: their land, their home, their family, and travel to an unknown land. No sooner had they arrived than they were forced to leave because of famine. Twice, Abraham’s life was at risk when, driven into exile, he worried that he would be killed so that the local ruler could take Sarah into his harem. Sarah herself had to say that she was Abraham’s sister, and had to suffer the indignity of being taken into a stranger’s household.
Rabbi Meir Schweiger The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (www.pardes.org.il) In this podcast, Rabbi Meir Schweiger focuses on one of the parallels: Avraham has two sons – Ishmael and Isaac; Isaac has two sons – Esau and Jacob. Rabbi Schweiger examines how the tensions between each pair of sons ultimately leads to the falling apart of […]
Introductory observation by Kol Hator: The Haftarah commentary that we feature here below sheds great Light on the deadlock impression that many of us would have experienced in contemplating on Parashat Toldot which deals with the Family strife that the Patriarchs of Israel experienced – that is between Isaac and Ishmael and between Jacob and […]
You may be surprised to hear that the word “Jew” does not appear in the Five Books of Moses. The Torah refers to our people as the Children of Israel, for we are the children of our patriarch Jacob, who was given the additional name “Israel.” Israel fathered twelve children, who became the twelve tribes of Israel.
The name “Jew” comes from the name “Judah,” which means “thanksgiving.” Judah was the fourth son of Jacob and his wife Leah. As we read in this week’s Parshah, “And she conceived again and bore a son, and she said, ‘This time, I will thank [odeh] the L rd!’ Therefore, she named him Judah [Yehuda].”
The story of Joseph and his brothers, spread over four parshiyot, is the longest and most tightly scripted of all the narratives in the Torah. Nothing is there by accident; every detail counts. In this week’s Parashah one moment, however, seems gloriously irrelevant – and it is this that contains one of the most beautiful of the Torah’s ideas…
With this week’s Parashat Va’yechi we reach the end of the most significant Prophetic metaphor for the Times that we are living in: that of Yoseph, the Family Restorer. Yoseph devoted all of his ingenuity as an illustrious World Ruler in the Egyptian Empire in order to restore and reconcile his family of which his own brothers sold him into slavery after almost murdering him. This final…
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