Monthly Archives: November 2015

Wrestling with the Divine

Parashat Vayishlach This week’s parasha continues a theme we saw in last week’s parasha, Vayetze, which began and ended with the mentioning of angels. So too our parasha continues in the same venue. In ancient times, there were no chapter and … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

In 1789, George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving proclamation with these words: “Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of … Continue reading

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Climbing Jacob’s Ladder

Parashat Vayetzei Parashat Vayetzei begins with one of the most mysterious passages in the Torah. While Jacob was fleeing from his brother Esav, he stopped at a certain place to spend the night. After laying his head down on a … Continue reading

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Assuming the Worst

Parashat Chayyei Sarah Last week’s Torah portion ended with the Akeida, the binding of Isaac. Then immediately following we read about the death of Sarah. Our Sages teach that there is a direct connection between these two events. The Akeida is often … Continue reading

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