Jacob – the final of the three forefathers, has some of the most complicated and unbelievably beautiful narratives in Biblical literature. Strangely, when we delve into the stories of Jacob, the theme that emerges seems to be…deception? As the text seems to point out, Jacob deceives his family members, and is in turn deceived by […]
What became of man that in the passing of just ten generations G-d was disappointed in the man He created and regretted creating man in the first place? Man forgot the source of all his blessings and cynically appointed himself the master of creation. In short, man trashed G-d. Acknowledgement and gratitude are the ingredients […]
Texts: Genesis 1:1 – 6:8 || Isaiah 42:5 – 43:10 (Haftarah) NOTE: Kol HaTor, in its commentaries on the weekly Parashot, endeavours to search for and accentuate the Torah Messages contained in the Parashot as applicable to the main Theme of Tanach of the Return of the House of Israel, i.e. the Lost Ten Tribes of […]
In this week’s parsha video, Rabbi Fohrman uses Psalm 90 to ask an incredibly difficult question: are we, through our prayers, able to convince God to change the course of history? To do this, we go through the verses of Psalm 90 and relate them to our own lives and human history. Rabbi Fohrman unpacks […]
In this video, the second of this three-part series about the end of the Torah, we continue to discuss the connections between Psalm 90 and stories of the Torah. This week, Rabbi Fohrman delves into the psalm itself, connecting the beginning of the chapter to its end, and relating it to the building of the […]
The promised land – the land of Israel – the land where Torah, the covenant between G-d and His people Israel, is fulfilled in the deeds and the hearts of the people, in the soil and the rivers and the mountains and the valleys of the land, the only land where all this is possible, […]
When the leaders of the tribes of Reuven and Gad approach Moshe and ask his blessing to settle in the lands east of the Jordan River, Moshe is aghast. He saw a great spiritual failing on the part of Reuven and Gad whose relationship and commitment to the land of Israel was apparently so conditional. […]
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