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…
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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…
By Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks
Parashat Shemot – Exodus 1:1 – 6:1
Some measure of the radicalism that is introduced into the world by the story of the Exodus can be seen in the sustained mistranslation of the three keywords with which God identified Himself to Moses at the Burning Bush. … Ehyeh asher ehyeh (Ex. 3:14) the true meaning of which is ….
by Rabbi Chaim Richman; The Temple Institute Parashat Beshalach Exodus 13:17 – 17:16 DISCLAIMER – the authors and promoters of the articles and videos that we place here are mostly not connected in any way to KOL HATOR and may well not share our views and interpretations. We do however thank them for their insight and […]
By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin; OHR Torah Stone Parashat Beshalach Exodus 13:17 – 17:16 Haftarah Beshalach Judges 4:4 – 5:31 (Judges 5:1 – 31) DISCLAIMER – the authors and promoters of the articles and videos that we place here are mostly not connected in any way to KOL HATOR and may well not share our views […]
by Rabbi Chaim Richman; The Temple Institute Parashat Yitro Exodus 18:1 – 20:23 Haftarah Yitro Isaiah 6;1 – 7:6; 9;5 – 6 (Isaiah 6,1-13) DISCLAIMER – the authors and promoters of the articles and videos that we place here are mostly not connected in any way to KOL HATOR and may well not share our views and interpretations. […]
In this week’s parsha (Exodus 21:1-24:18) we are in the midst of two of the most well known and epic stories in the entire Tanach: Revelation at Sinai and the Sin of the Golden Calf. The Israelites experience their highest high and their lowest low, all within the same few verses. However, smack in the […]
In Parashat Mishpatim we read the rules of owning Jewish slaves. The practice is strongly discouraged, and the Torah stipulates that all Jewish slaves must be set free, their debts cancelled, every seven years. This practice protects Jewish slaves from being held as indentured servants for extended periods of time, and emphasizes the dignity of all, no matter social status.
In the Haftarah for Parashat Mishpatim, Jeremiah berates the people of Judah for keeping Jewish slaves against God’s wishes, and predicts that Jerusalem will be conquered because of the people’s disrespect for God.
This prophecy comes as a result…
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