Parshat HaShavua

This Parsha starts us on a five week journey into the Mishkan. Excluding a brief interlude in Ki Tisa we are not going to stop reading about the material, measurement and construction of the Mishkan until the end of the book of Shemot. It’s remarkable...

I learn Torah with my children at night before they go to sleep. We started at the beginning and are slowly making our way through the whole Torah. We just finished Mishpatim last week. It took us a long time, it has many rules and...

The title of the this week’s Parsha always captures my imagination, Miketz - from the end. The first thing it draws my attention to is the difference between the beginning and the end of our Parsha. At the beginning Yosef is an imprisoned slave and...

At the end of last week’s Parsha the Torah goes on at great length detailing the offspring of Esav. The message is clear, Esav is no longer a part of our story. The focus is now on Yakov and his family. Yakov understands this as...

The climax of our parsha is when, after an absence of at least 20 years, Yakov meets his brother Esav again. Before the meeting, Yakov sends messengers to Esav to let him know he is coming. The messengers inform him that Esav is already on...

This week’s Parsha is the story of Yakov building his family from scratch. He arrives in Babylon with nothing and leaves with four wives, twelve children, sheep, camels, and servants. It’s a long and difficult journey, Yakov works himself to exhaustion everyday.. Yakov breaks his...

In our Parsha Rivka speaks to G-d and Yitzak speaks to kings, but they don’t speak to each other. From the moment they meet in the last Parsha until nearly the end of our Parsha not a word between them is recorded in the Torah....

One of the classic questions asked on our Parsha is why is Eliezer’s story written twice? Eliezer, Avraham’s servant, travels to Aram to find a wife for Yitzak. He prays for help and meets Rivka and she is the one. He then meets her parents...

Vayeira is a story of violence, trauma and abuse. We see four children in our Parsha and how each of them is the victim of trauma. The trauma is the product of an act of violence unprecedented in magnitude. In the beginning of our...

We went to Spain last week. I spent a semester in university studying in Spain. Though I had been on a journey of self discovery before that, my time in Spain was the catalyst that has allowed me to transform my life. I had forgotten...