This week’s parasha is entitled Vayechi, meaning, “and he lived.” It covers Genesis 47:28-50:26 and this completes the book of Genesis. Israel and his sons were now living comfortably in Egypt, though due to the ongoing famine, the Egyptians were impoverished in their own land. It is interesting to note that Joseph spent the first 17 years of his life
If the parasha cycle was ever made into a T.V. Show this would be where the announcer goes “Last Time On…The Bible!” We continue from last week’s cliffhanger with the resolution of Joseph’s testing of his brothers. Our parasha this week is called Vayigash which translates to “And He Drew Near” and covers Genesis 44:18-47:27. This parasha demonstrates the need for
The parasha for this week is entitled MiKetz, meaning “at the conclusion” and covers Genesis 41:1-44:17. Joseph has been in prison in Egypt on a bogus rape charge. Poor Joseph; betrayed by his brothers, enslaved in Egypt, imprisoned on false charges. Yet everywhere he went, Joseph conducted himself with integrity, and God gave him favor. Eventually Joseph became custodian to
Last week’s Torah portion was entitled, Vayeshev, which means, “and he settled.” It covers Genesis 37: 1-40:23. After more than 20 years of being away, Jacob returns to the Promised Land and settles in Hebron. In Chapter 37, we are introduced to Joseph, who is Jacob’s favorite son, born of Rachel, Jacob’s favorite wife. Jacob gives this favorite son a beautiful, multi-colored robe, a
This week’s Parasha is Vayetze and covers Genesis 28:10 – 32:3. Jacob has had to flee his home after deceiving his father into giving him the blessing intended for Esau and, at his parents’ instructions, journeys to his uncle, Laban. In chapter 28, Jacob has traveled a full day’s distance, and arrives at a certain place where he rests for
The name of this week’s parasha is Vayishlach, which means “and he sent,” and covers Genesis 32:4 through 36:43. In continuing with the previous parasha, Jacob sends messengers to his brother Esau to gain Esau’s favor. They return with news that Esau is coming toward Jacob with 400 men. Jacob is terrified and divides the people and animals into 2
The name of this week’s parasha is Toldot, which means “generations” and covers Genesis 25:19-28:9. Isaac prayed to Adonai for his wife Rebecca to bear children and his prayer was answered. During Rebecca’s pregnancy, the children struggled inside her and she asked God why. Adonai told her that two nations were inside her; one stronger than the other, and the
This week’s parasha is Vayera, which is translated “And He Appeared”. It covers Genesis chapters 18 through 22. In this week’s Torah portion, we find Abraham sitting at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. Suddenly, he sees three “men”. As they began to speak to him, it became clear to Abraham that these were no
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Genesis 6:9-11:32 To better understand ourselves and the world we live in, we want to know our history - where we came from; how we got here; who are ancestors were; what they believed in; and the important things that happened to them. This part of Genesis does that for us. In it, Moses focuses on one man, Noah, and
This week Rabbi Glenn taught on Genesis 22 (the Akedah) and Hebrews 11:17-19.
The Torah reading for this week is entitled Vayechi, meaning “And he lived”, referring to Joseph, and completes the book of B’reysheet. Last Shabbat we contemplated Jacob’s joyful reunion with his son Joseph, who for all those years he had thought to be dead. On account of the ongoing famine, Jacob and his entire family had relocated to Egypt, and
The name of this week’s parasha is Vayigash, meaning “and he drew near”, and covers Genesis 44:18-47:27. The story of Joseph’s brothers standing before him during their second journey to Egypt is continued in this parasha, which begins with Judah’s plea – asking to take Benjamin’s place as Joseph’s slave, since he had guaranteed Benjamin’s safe return to their father
The Parasha for this week’s Sabbath is entitled Miketz which means “At the end” it covers Genesis chapters 41:1-44:17. Today we will focus on why Joseph was forgotten and how it led him from the prison to the palace as well as how God used Pharaoh to elevate him to be the prime minister of all of Egypt. Joseph was
This week our parasha is Va'yeishev which means “And He Settled”, and covers Genesis 37:1-40:23. Parasha Va’yeishev covers the beginning of the life of Joseph and the reality of sins ability to appear in one generation and then the next as an unbroken destructive cycle. Chapter 37 introduces us to Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son, who is given an ornate robe
The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Vayishlach, translated “And He Sent”. It will take us through Genesis chapter 36. Allow me to preface my summary of the parasha with a brief statement. Human beings are inherently sinful – a perpetual condition inherited from our first rebellious parents in Eden. Because of it, we routinely fail to trust and wait
This week’s Torah portion is called VaYetzei, which means “and he went out.” It covers Genesis, Chapter 28:10 – 32:3. As our parasha passage opens this week, we find Jacob departing from his home in Beersheba and heading to Haran, his ancestral homeland. He ends up spending the night in an open area where he sees a vision of a great ladder descending from
Our parasha for this week is Toldot, which means “generations” and covers Genesis 25:19-28:9. In this parasha we see the destruction playing favorites brings and the dangers of being too clever for our own good. We pick up in Genesis 25 with the birth of Jacob and Esau to Isaac and Rebekah. Before they were born, Rebekah was given a
This week’s parasha is entitled Chayei Sarah, meaning “The Life of Sarah” and covers Genesis 23:1-25:18. In this parasha we see God’s plan to continue His promises through Abraham’s son Isaac, and a teaching for us on what it means to be servants of the Lord. As our parasha opens, immediately we are confronted with the death of Abraham’s wife
The name of this Shabbat’s parasha is Vayera, meaning “and he appeared”, and covers Genesis 18:1-22:24. Abraham saw God and two angels (in human form) near his tent and invited them in, offering them food and water. Adonai promised to return the same time the following year, and Sarah will give birth to a son! Upon hearing this, Sarah silently
The parasha for this week’s Sabbath is entitled Lech L’Cha which means “go forth yourself.” It covers Genesis Chapters 12:1- 17:27. In the previous chapters, we were provided with events that had taken place up until the time of Abram. From Chapter 12 on, Abram and his seed are almost entirely the only subjects of this sacred history of Genesis.
This week’s Parasha starts out with God saying these words: “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God and had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” This was the time before Moses had given the law, so Noah does not have the standard of what would be righteous on his own accord. So, when God
This week Rabbi Glenn continued the study through the life of David by covering 1 Samuel 8-10.
This week Rabbi Glenn finishes his study of Genesis.
This week during the Bible Study Rabbi Glenn went over Genesis 47:27-49:10.