Weekly Parshah Reflections – Vayechi

In this week’s torah portion of Vayechi, the last section from the book of Genesis, we have the passing of Jacob and Joseph. Both give big speeches to their family before they die. Why wait to share your greatest wisdom to till the end? Have you ever heard of living eulogies? Now is the time to tell your loved ones how you feel.

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Weekly Parshah Reflections – Vayigash

In this week’s torah portion of “Vayigash”, we find Jacob getting ready to head out from Be’er Sheva and travel to Egypt to reunite with his son, Joseph. Before he begins this journey with his whole family (all together they are 70) he send Judah ahead first. Some commentators say it was to establish a school for the children as their first act in their new home.

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Weekly Torah Portion – Miketz

In this week’s torah portion of “Miketz”, Joseph names his two sons Ephraim and Menashe. To this day as parents bless their sons on Shabbat evening by saying “may you be blessed as Ephraim and Menashe”. Tune in to hear about ideas for kids conversations at Shabbat dinner.

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Weekly Torah Portion – Vayeshev

In this week’s torah portion of “Vayeshev” Joseph tells his brothers of his dreams of them prostrating low before him. Surprisingly, or rather predictably, he finds himself in the bottom of a pit – cast away by those very same brothers. Yet, who we were is not who we will become.

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Weekly Parshah Reflections – Vayishlach

In this week’s Torah portion of “Vayishlach”, we find a Jacob that is wrestling with an angel all through the night. During the battle, Jacob says “I refuse to let go until you have blessed me.” Afterwards, his name is changed to Israel – the one that wrestles with God.

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Weekly Parshah Reflections – Vayetzei

In this week’s Torah portion of “Vayetzei”, we find a Jacob who is so focused on his journey to find himself a wife that he nearly misses an encounter with God. In what ways are we, too, like Jacob hurtling towards our future goals at the expense of missing out on the present?

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Weekly Torah Portion – Toldot

This weeks torah portion of “Toldot”, we find an Isaac that is both innovator and also traditionalist. As he is travelling, Isaac discovers the wells dug by his father Abraham. He re-opens them and maintains the names that his father had given them. He then goes on to dig three new wells of his own.

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Weekly Torah Portion – Chayei Sarah

This weeks torah portion of “Chayei Sarah” opens with the death of Sarah and concludes with the death of Abraham. Ishmael, the forgotten son, reunites with Isaac to bury their father. The Jewish tradition seems to despise figures like Ishmael and Esau. Why?

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Weekly Parshah Reflections – Vayera

What are the connections between laughing and crying? It’s all just air and water.. shortness of breath in our lungs and tears in our eyes. This weeks Torah portion of “Vayera” has two pivotal stories involving these actions. A reminder of the importance of showing how we are feeling.

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Weekly Parshah Reflections – Lech Lecha

This week, we look at the parshah of Lech Lecha – of Abraham’s journey to the land that God will show him. This section raises interesting questions about ownership of land.. but perhaps that is the wrong question.

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