Category Archives: 2014

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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A Brief Note on a Holocaust – Parsha Vayeira

It is fair to say that one of the most renowned of the Torah’s narratives is the almost sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham, the Akedah, which is recorded at the conclusion of this week’s Torah reading, Parsha VaYera. Briefly, Sarah is at last blessed … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on a Future Foretold – Parsha Lech Lecha

The Rambam refers to Parsha Lech Lecha, as the true story of creation– the foundation story of the unique relationship that developed between God and one particular people – the Children of Israel. In essence, ground zero of the History of the … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on a Whole New World – Parsha Noach

Parsha Noach is a difficult chapter of the Torah. God had reconsidered having made Man. He did not like his ultimate creation. The offspring of Adam had become wicked and evil. There was however one man who found grace in God’s eyes. … Continue reading

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