Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774
Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18
By:
Rabbi Shomo Riskin
Throughout the three biblical portions that deal with Abraham's life, we read of the tensions between Abraham and Sarah concerning the treatment of Hagar and Ishmael. Given that the Ramban established that one of the central principles driving Genesis is that "the stories of the ancestors presage and foreshadow the history of their descendants," the interplay between these personalities is...
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Va-yera, Genesis 18:1-22:24
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
This week's parshah, Va-Yera, continues the story of Abraham and Sarah that we began reading last week. Abraham welcomes three travelers, not realizing that they are, in fact, angels. They tell Abraham that his 90-year-old wife, Sarah, will bear him a son, and we also read about the birth of that son, Isaac. Abraham attempts to bargain with God to...
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LEKH LEKHA, Genesis 12:1-17:27
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Here's a fantasy to indulge in. A lawyer knocks on your door and announces you've inherited a family estate you knew nothing about. The only thing standing between you and your landed fortune is proof of identity, which you gladly offer, and the inheritance becomes yours. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev notes that our parshah's story of Abraham is like...
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NOAH, Genesis 6:9-11:32
By:
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
The narrative of the flood and the family of Noah occupies much of this week's portion. Compared to the previous portion that dealt with creation and the family of Adam and Eve, these early chapters deal not with the ancestors of the Jews but with the generic ancestors of all humanity. Adam and Noah represent a vision of creation that...
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BERESHIT,Genesis 1:1-6:8
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
Eve has taken the blame for the expulsion from Eden, death and, in Christian theology, original sin. All this befell humanity because Eve was weak, unable to resist the serpent's seduction, and then Eve led Adam into sin. But Eve has gotten a bum rap. The rabbis are close readers of the Torah, and so we find this in the...
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