Parashah – Genesis 37:1 – 40:23 Haftarah – Amos 2:6-3:8 Sources used for extracts and quotes for this commentary: thelandofisrael.com torah.org/torah-portion/haftorah-vayeishev/ www.torahvort.com/vayeshev/haftorah-vayeshev/ www.uscj.org.il/commentaries/haftarah-parshat-vayeshev/ This haftarah is read with Parashat Vayeshev because of one line in it: “They have sold for silver those whose cause was just” (Amos 2:6). Underlying this Parashah is the enlightening review […]
(Breslov Research Institute) In this fascinating parsha we learn about Yosef interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams. Why did Pharaoh believe Yosef’s interpretation? Reb Meir tells us that the real power of a Tzaddik, like Yosef, is that they come up with advice and a solution right away. Also, that a Tzaddik has compassion and wants to help, […]
(AlephBeta) After Joseph was sold into slavery, why didn’t he ever get in touch with his father? In this video, Rabbi Fohrman will help us attempt to look at the story through Joseph’s eyes, and explore the possibility that Joseph assumed his father was in on the plot. This new perspective helps us understand Joseph, […]
“And God said, let there be… And there was… and God saw that it was good.”
Thus unfolds the most revolutionary as well as the most influential account of creation in the history of the human spirit.
In Rashi’s commentary, he quotes Rabbi Isaac who questioned why the Torah should start with the story of creation at all. Given that it is a book of law – the commandments that bind the children of Israel as a nation – it should have started with the first law given to the Israelites, which does not appear until the twelfth chapter of Exodus
Insights from Rabbi Kenneth Brander into Torah and Contemporary Life. 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 pointers […]
The prophet opens with a proclamation that God created a purposeful world. He then enjoins upon those whom He created to act as His advocates: “I the Lord, in My grace, have summoned you, and I have grasped you by the hand. I created you, and appointed you a covenant people (l’brit am), a light of nations (l’or goyim), opening eyes deprived of light, rescuing prisoners from confinement, from the dungeons those who sit in darkness.” (6-7)
KOL HATOR Comment on this inspiring Haftarah Commentary: Our Blog for this week “Judah the Light unto the Nations” presents a review from another angle of the Great Blessing as expressed in this Parashat Commentary, i.e. to be a Light Unto the Nations in the End Time Process of the Ingathering of the Exiles. This […]
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 […]
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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