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Parshat Teruma (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

The Poles of the Aron that Carries its CarriersThe Torah makes a curious distinction between the poles of the Aron (Ark of the Covenant)...

Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18 )

Reaching the SummitThe beginning of chapter 24 of the book of Exodus describes Moshe’s ascent up Mount Sinai, “To Moshe, He said, “Go up...

Parshat Yitro (Exodus 18-20) Knowledge vs. Faith

The first of the Ten Commandments is, “I am the L-rd your G-d, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt...” The Sages...

Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)

Yielding the Right of WayIn this week’s portion, the Egyptians did not walk - they ran right into trouble. Despite ten plagues which proved...

Parshat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

The Wildest Story Ever ToldPeople share things. Ideas, stories, experiences – everything that goes along with being a people. That’s why I’m quite skeptical...

Parshat Va’eira (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

Pharaoh’s Contrition The slavery in Egypt is approaching its final stages. The ten plagues are beginning to descend upon a hapless Egypt. Though Pharaoh’s...

Parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

For the Love of the Game We have all heard of the concept of making someone an offer that they cannot refuse. More often...

Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26)

Assemblage and RefutationOn his deathbed, surrounded by his sons, Yaakov was going to reveal a prediction about the future messianic era. But at that...

Body of Venerated Moroccan Sage Comes Home to Jerusalem

Rabbi Reuven Ajeyani, who led the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Sefrou, Morocco, before World War II and died 70 years ago, was famous throughout...

Haftarah for Parshat Chayei Sarah

This week’s haftarah describes an aging King David, echoing this week’s Torah reading, which mentions that “Abraham was was old, advanced in days.”King David...

Parshat Chayei Sarah(Genesis 23:1-25:18)

The Holiness of Hebron All political considerations aside, it is worthwhile to understand Hebron’s place in Jewish thought.The Torah introduces us to Hebron in...

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