Korach – Rebel With A Cause or Seasoned Politician?

פרשת קורח Parsha Korach Bamidbar/Numbers 16:1 - 18:32 Korach was born into male privilege as the first born son of a Levite — the same priestly tribe his first cousins, Moses and Aaron, were born into. As the first-born son of a Levite and a Kehotite, the most prestigious of the Levites, Korach was indignant that he … Continue reading Korach – Rebel With A Cause or Seasoned Politician?

Akeidat Yitzchak: The Binding of Isaac – Alternate Title: Abraham Flubbed Up

Akeidat Yitzchak - Genesis 22:1-12 This Parsha (Torah portion) is about Abraham bringing his son up to the mountain to sacrifice him. It’s one of the most shocking and disturbing passages in the bible. Oy Veyismer! Did God really command Abraham to slaughter his son as some kind of test of faith? Only to have … Continue reading Akeidat Yitzchak: The Binding of Isaac – Alternate Title: Abraham Flubbed Up

Lech Lecha (Go Out!): Torah Portion of the Week (11.05.22)

God tells Abraham (Abram) to “lech lecha”  לֶךְ-לְךָ‎  a term with a dual meaning and message for him to “Go out” and “go to yourself.” Lech Lecha was his outward and inward journey. The triangulated tsuris (troubles) of Sarah, Hagar and Abraham are highlighted in Lech Lecha, the Parsha (Torah portion) for this Shabbat. (11.05.22/11 … Continue reading Lech Lecha (Go Out!): Torah Portion of the Week (11.05.22)

Abraham and Hagar Get Married: Repair and Reunification

Please read the prequel — Sarah, Hagar and Abraham Egyptian princess Hagar and Ishmael Some Rabbinical commentary and Midrash seeks to right the wrongs done to Hagar, although she is often victim blamed in old and new commentary, for being ‘haughty’ towards Sarah while forced to be her childbearer. Thank God, there are commentators that … Continue reading Abraham and Hagar Get Married: Repair and Reunification

Noah: Torah Portion 10/29/2022 (4 Cheshvan 5783)

Noach is the parsha for this Shabbat. It is the 2nd weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle. Genesis 6:9-11:32  We've all grown up hearing schmaltzy stories about Noah’s ark, with cutesy pictures of the ark and the animals. It made for a great children's fable, but today we're going to explore the grown-up … Continue reading Noah: Torah Portion 10/29/2022 (4 Cheshvan 5783)