"Parsha to the Point" – Vayechi 5777

Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Vayechi, which brings the Book of Genesis to a close, contains many conclusions and farewells, primarily concerning Yaakov and his sons. Perhaps the most momentous and elaborate good-bye described in the text is done with all of the children present: “Yaakov called for his sons and said, ‘Gather, and …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Vayechi 5777

Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Vayechi, which brings the Book of Genesis to a close, contains many conclusions and farewells, primarily concerning Yaakov and his sons. Perhaps the most momentous and elaborate good-bye described in the text is done with all of the children present: “Yaakov called for his sons and said, ‘Gather, and …

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Palermo’s First Synagogue in 500 Years

Courtesy of Shavei Israel

For over 500 years there was no Shul in Palermo, Sicily. This week, part of a Catholic Church will become a synagogue. Kol Hakavod to OTS Straus-Amiel graduate, Rabbi Pinhas Punturello, on this incredible achievement.   Palermo, Sicily, to get first synagogue in 500 years In a gesture marking anniversary of expulsion, Catholic Church will finance …

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