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Parashat Noach

Parashat Noach

noahark

date here 2012

Every is familiar with the basic story of Noah.  Noah is one of the people who saw the world before its destruction, survived the actual tragic ending, and saw the world in its rebirth.  We are told of how Noah emerged from the Ark and brought sacrifices to G-d.  Then Noah sets out to plant a vineyard. 

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Parashat Bereishit

Parashat Bereishit

bereshit

The story of Adam and Eve’s eating of the forbidden fruit, a major topic in this week’s Torah portion, Bereishis, is perhaps the most famous of Biblical stories. Warned by G-d to refrain from eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge that is in the midst of the Garden of Eden

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Vayeitzei

Parashat Vayeitzei
 
Jacobs-Ladder

November 2012

This week's Sedra, Vayeitzei, starts off with Jacob journeying away from his family after having aroused the anger of his brother Esau for 'taking' the blessings from his father Isaac.  The verse states that as he was journeying towards Charan, he 'encountered the place'.  Our Rabbis inform us that G-d is called "The Place" ("Hamakom") and that the Hebrew word 'encounter' often means prayer. 

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Vayiera

Parashat Vayiera
Abraham and the Three Angels

This week’s Sedra starts with our forefather Abraham, having just performed circumcision on himself at the ripe old age of 99, sitting in the burning heat of the day.  This was no ordinary heat - we are told that G-d made a hole in hell, bringing the whole world to boiling point.  Abraham was not a well man.  Yet he was still waiting by his tent, as consistent as always, touting for passing trade to teach them the whys and wherefores of G-d.

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Vayechi

Parashat Vayechi
 
jacob-sees-joseph-again-in-egypt

This week’s Sedra starts off with Jacob, at the end of his life, calling to his beloved son Joseph, and asking him not to bury him in Egypt (where they had lived together for the last seventeen years).  He uses unusual language: “Please - if I have found favour in your eyes”.

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