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“Parsha and Purpose” – Toldot 5780

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Parshat Toldot: An anti-hero or a hero against his will?

Yonat Lemberger

Parashat Toldot: An anti-hero or a hero against his will? The Esau of the Bible undergoes a change of image. He is portrayed differently in the biblical text than in rabbinical texts. His character is furthered transformed in Hebrew poetry. Yonat Lemberger is the principal of OTS’ Oriya High School for Girls. Esau is the …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Toldot 5780

 Shabbat Shalom: Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel — “And they said, we saw indeed that the Lord was with you and we said: let there now be an oath between us, between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you.” (Gen. 26:28) On what basis, and with …

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“Parsha and Purpose” – Chayei Sarah 5780

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“Parsha and Purpose” – Insights from Rabbi Kenneth Brander into Torah and Contemporary Life

Parshat Chayei Sarah 5780

Parshat Chayei Sarah: “I am a resident alien among you”

Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein

Parshat Chayei Sarah: “I am a resident alien among you” We live and act according to the values of Abraham, our forefather. On the one hand, we are “residents”, part and parcel of the wider world, like all other human beings. On the other hand, we are “aliens”, strangers. A special nation. We have a …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Chayei Sarah 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “Sarah died in Kiryat Arba, which is Hebron in the Land of Canaan. And Abraham came to eulogize Sarah and to weep over her.” (Genesis 23:2) What was Sarah doing in Hebron? According to a simple reading of the text, Abraham, …

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“Parsha and Purpose” – Vayera 5780

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Parshat Vayera: What could be greater than meeting Hashem Himself?

Bezalel Safra photographed by Rony Nathan

Parshat Vayera: What could be greater than meeting Hashem Himself? Do you greet your neighbor warmly when you meet him or her? Do you greet the security guard at the shopping mall without being prompted to do so? Our forefather Abraham treated even the lowliest of people with respect, even though he had more than enough reason …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayera 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – One of the most difficult stories of the Bible – and certainly the complex highlight of Vayera – is the “binding” (and near slaughter) of Isaac, but the tale preceding it may legitimately be called the “binding” (near death) of Ishmael. This …

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