Parshat Yitr

(Numbers 18:1-20:23) (Haftara: Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5,6) [18:1] According to Rashi, the Torah is not written in chronological order. According to the Ramban (R. Moshe ben Nachman 1194-1270, Spain), the Torah is written in the order in which it happened. So … Continue reading

Parshat Beshalach

(Numbers 13:17–17:16) (Haftara: Judges 4:4-5:31) [13:17] “God did not lead them by the way of the Philistines, even though it was close…” The Sfat Emet says that God didn’t want the Israelites to have an easy time at the beginning, … Continue reading

Parshat Bo

(Numbers 10:1-13:16) (Haftara:  Jeremiah 46:13-28) (Rosh Chodesh) [11:3] “God gave the people (of Israel) charm in the eyes of Egypt; also the man Moshe was very big in the land of Egypt…” The commentaries tell us that the Egyptians liked … Continue reading

Parshat Va’era

(Numbers 6:2-9:35) (Haftara: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21) [6:2,3] “I appeared to Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’akov as “almighty God”, but by my name…” The Sforno (Ovadiah Sforno— Italy 1475 –1550) says that “almighty God (El Shadai)” means God as the creator, while the … Continue reading

Parshat Shmot   

(Exodus 1:1 – 5:23) (Haftara: Yirmiahu 1-2:3) [2:1] “A man from the house of Levi took a woman from the house of Levi (as a wife).” Our tradition tells us that Moshe’s father married his own aunt, and that that … Continue reading

Parshat Vayechi

(Genesis-47:28-50:26) (Haftara: Kings I  2:1-12) [48:14] “And Israel put his right hand on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger…” Ya’akov got the rights of the first-born son even though he was younger than Esav. Now he is giving … Continue reading

Parshat Vayigash

(Genesis-44:18-47:27) (Haftara: Ezekiel 37:15-28) [44:18] Yosef is the model for Messiah ben Yosef. According to the Gaon of Vilna, the final redemption will be modeled on the redemption from Egypt, and one model will be Yosef and everything in his … Continue reading

Parshat Miketz

(Genesis-41:1-44:17) (Haftara: Zechariah 2:14-4:7) (Chanukah) [41:39] “…since God has informed you of all of this…” Pharoah believed that Yosef’s  interpretations of the his dreams and his servant’s dreams were true interpretations and come from God. On the basis of this, … Continue reading

Parshat Vayeshev

(Genesis-37:1-40:23) (Haftara: Amos 2:6-3:8) [ 37:1] “And Ya’akov lived in the land of his father’s dwellings…”  After wrestling with the angel, Ya’akov received the new name, “Yisrael”, and this is considered a more noble name than Ya’akov. However, unlike Avraham … Continue reading

Parshat Vayishlach

(Genesis-32:3-36:43) (Haftara: Ovadiah 1:1-3:21) [32:21] “…I will appease him with the present that goes before me…” Ya’akov had seriously hurt Esav, and Esav had wanted to kill him. Ya’akov thought that by giving Esav a generous gift, Esav would forgive … Continue reading