The narrative peak of Jacob’s story is reached in this parsha. Anticipating confrontation with his brother Esau, Jacob feels fear. However, his conflict is not with his brother, but a […]
Shabbat Shalom and Happy Thanksgiving. If you’ve been awake over the past few days, you will you will know that Thanksgiving has actually come and gone and that it’s rather […]
Acts of Trickery or Deception Involving JacobJacob takes Esau’s blessing. Rebecca reframes Jacob’s exile as a search for an appropriate bride. Laban tricks Jacob into marrying Leah. Laban removes […]
My friend Peggy has the following custom license plate: “TILLCXX”
Who can tell us what it means?
It means “Till 120”, or, “May you live until 120”, which is a […]
Bereishit 25:27-28 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the outdoors; but Jacob was a mild man who stayed in camp. Issac favored Esau […]
Bereishit 24: 1-50 [Because of the length, I am not copying the verses to the study guide, please refer to a chumash.]
Rabbis Leibowitz and Dessler focus on the story […]
Bereishit 18:1-10 (Robert Alter, trans) And the LORD appeared to him in the Terebinths of Mamre when he was sitting by the tent flap in the heat of the day. […]
Bereishit 12: 1-4 (Robert Alter trans.) And the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your land and your birthplace and your father’s house to the land I will show […]
Leviticus 23:42 In sukkot shall you reside seven days.
Sukkah 2a Rava said … For the entire seven days, emerge from the permanent residence in which you reside year round […]
Rabbi Michael Silbert September 9, 2017
Rabbi Ḥanina said: I have learned much from my teachers and even more from my friends, but from my students I have learned […]