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Vayechi – “And He Lived”

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

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Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

Last week we left things on a cliffhanger, with an unknown Joseph telling his brothers he would be keeping Benjamin In Egypt. This week we have 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 shows us how love covers a multitude

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Miketz -“At The End Of”

This week’s Parasha is Miketz, which means “at the end of” and covers Genesis 41-44:17. Pharaoh has a bad dream, he does not understand what it means.  In Pharaoh’s   dream there were seven cows that were good and plump and then all of a sudden there were seven undernourished cows and they devoured  the plump cows .  Pharaoh was a

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Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vayeshev, which means “and he settled”, and covers Genesis 37:1-40:23.  Jacob favored Joseph over his other sons, which caused them to resent Joseph, and Joseph was given a special robe by Jacob. When Joseph told his brothers and father about a dream he had in which they bowed to him, they didn’t believe

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Vayishlach – “And He Sent”

This week’s parasha is the eighth reading in Genesis, and is entitled Vayishlach, meaning “and he sent”. It takes us from Genesis 32-36. The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir…” Jacob had just come through a prolonged crisis with his

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Vayetzei – “And He Went Out”

This week’s Torah portion is VaYetzei, which means “and he went out.” It covers Genesis 28:10–32:3. In Chapter 28, 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 heaven with angels going

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Toldot – “Generations”

Shabbat Shalom, This week’s parasha is Tol’Dot, “Generations” and covers Genesis 25:19-28:9. Our passage starts out noting the generations of Isaac. Isaac took Rebekah to be his wife when he was 40, and she was barren. He prayed to the Lord that she would be able to have children. The Lord granted his prayer, but the pregnancy was hard. When

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Chayei Sarah – “The Life of Sarah”

The name of this week’s parasha is Chayei Sarah, which means “the life of Sarah”, and covers Genesis 23:1 through 25:18.  In this parasha, we learn about Sarah’s death and burial, Isaac’s marriage to Rebekah, Abraham’s death and burial, and Ishmael’s sons and his death.  The parasha begins with the death of Sarah at 127 years of age in Hebron. 

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Vayera – “And He Appeared”

This week our Torah portion is Vayera, which means “And He Appeared.” Vayera covers Genesis 18:1-22:24. Genesis 18 begins with the Lord and two angels appearing to Abraham disguised as men. Abraham greets them and immediately offers his hospitality. During their meal of bread, meat, and milk, the Lord promises Abraham this time next year Sarah will have a son.

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Lech L’cha- “Go Forth”

The Parasha for this week is Lech Lecha – which means “Go Forth Yourself”, and covers Genesis 12:1-17:27 – the call of Abraham. At this time his name was still called Abram. God instructs Abram to go forth from his country. Adonai tells him to leave behind his relatives and his father’s house and go to a land that will

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Noach

This week’s Parasha is entitled Noach, Noah, and covers Genesis 6:9-11:32. In Chapter 6, we read that Noah was a righteous man.  The Bible does not say that he was the only righteous person at that time, but we do know that, overall, the world was corrupt and that man’s thoughts had turned to wickedness and evil, much the same

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The Akedah: Surrendering to the Father’s Will

Years ago at a diner in New Jersey I read a humorous saying on a packet of sugar: “experience is a valuable thing; it helps you recognize a mistake when you make it again.” You know, they say the mind is the first thing to go. I disagree. What is the first thing to go? Well, anyway, I disagree. You

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Vayechi – “And He Lived”

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

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Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

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

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Miketz – “At The Conclusion”

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

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Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

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

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Vayetze – “And He Went Out”

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

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Vayishlach – “And He Sent”

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

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Toldot – “Generations”

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

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Vayera – “And He Appeared”

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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Lech L’cha – “Go Forth” – A Legacy Of Courage

Introduction In June of this year many were stunned and saddened to learn of the death of Anthony Bourdain - a world-renowned chef, author and host of the hit cable TV show, Parts Unknown. This wildly popular television ‘reality’ series chronicled Bourdain’s treks to exotic, sometimes extremely remote places few had ever seen. But the truth of the matter is

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Noach – Understanding The World We Live In

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

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Vayechi – “And He Lived”

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

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Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

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

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