Category Archives: Genesis/Bereshit

A Brief Note on Fallen Angels and the Human Condition – Parsha Noach

This week’s Torah reading is Parsha Noach, colloquially the Flood Tale. Briefly, a mere ten generations following Creation, God appeared to despair of the human enterprise and resolved to dissolve them and the flora and fauna, and reshape the face … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on: When did it all Begin – Parasha Bereshit

The opening verse of Parsha Bereshit can be translated into English in a number of different ways. The 1917 edition of the Jewish Publications Society’s translation of the Torah read “In the beginning God created” which was revised in the … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Dramatic Foreshadowing – Parsha Vayechi

Parsha Vayechi concludes the saga of the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The journey which had begun in what is now northern Iraq came to a conclusion near the Nile Delta. The focus of the Parsha is on the last days of Jacob, … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on The Saga of Joseph, Part One – Parsha Vayeshev

Parsha VaYeshev records the beginning of the chronicles of Joseph, the longest single narrative of Bereshit. While the account appears simplistic, it’s difficult to understand the tenor of the story, because there is no real message that’s imparted. It follows the tone … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on a Change in Perspective – Parsha VaYishlach

The narratives recorded in Parsha VaYishlach expand on the life of Jacob after he fled from Laban. As he started the final leg of a long journey through often hostile terrain, he became pre-occupied by the thought of meeting his brother Esau. … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Romance, Ruses and Revenge – Parsha Vayetzei

Parsha Vayetzei is the most colourful narrative of the Torah. To the naked eye it presents as a sophisticated farce equal to the any of the Shakespearean Comedies, containing the mainstay elements of love, deception and retribution

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A Brief Note on Consequences, Anticipated and Not – Parsha Chayei Sarah

The opening narrative of this week’s Torah reading, Parsha Chaye Sarah records the events that followed on the near sacrifice of Isaac by his father, the Akedah Yitzhak. First, we are told of the death of Sarah who passed away at the ripe old age … Continue reading

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