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Posted Friday, Nov 20, 2020 10:01:00 AM
Rivka had to act fast. Yitzchak, for some not entirely clear reason, was about to bless Esav instead of Yaakov, who she knew to be the one who really deserved the brachot. Thinking quickly, she calls Yaakov, and tells him her plan. He would dress up like Esav, and she would prepare food similar to what Esav would usually bring back after hunting in the field. After some protest from Yaakov, he agrees.
Posted Thursday, Nov 12, 2020 2:46:00 PM
I'd like to share an interesting thought that I had a few years ago on this week's parasha, Parashat Chayei Sarah. As many of us know, the parasha begins with Sarah's death. After Avraham buries her, he wants to make sure that his son, Yitzchak, finds a wife. Avraham sends his servant, Eliezer, out to his homeland to find a suitable match for Yitzchak....
Posted Thursday, Nov 5, 2020 10:57:00 AM
At the beginning of the Amidah we invoke the merits of our three forefathers; Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov, however we conclude that same bracha by mentioning just one – Avraham. What is so unique about Avraham? Why is he singled out?
Posted Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 2:08:00 PM
Some studies have revealed that when day school graduates (who stopped their Judaic studies after 8th grade) were asked to name their favorite story in the Torah, they say it is the one where Avraham breaks the idols in his father's idol shop....
Posted Thursday, Oct 15, 2020 5:36:00 PM
In this week's parasha, Bereshit, after Kayin is disappointed that Hashem does not look favorably upon his offering, Hashem says to Kayin-מה חרה לך ולמה נפלו פניך-basically asking Kayin, why the long face? Kayin had just gone through a most traumatic experience, namely that Hashem openly regarded his brother over him...
Posted Friday, Jun 19, 2020 9:53:00 AM
In this week's parasha, Parashat שלח, four important events take place. The first, and probably most well known, is the story of the מרגלים, the spies. Moshe sends 12 spies to tour the land of Israel and when they return, all of them, except for Yehoshua and Calev, say negative things about the land...
Posted Friday, Jun 12, 2020 11:08:00 AM
Shalom to the Ramaz community! As we reflect on another week of COVID-19 and national strife, it's hard to believe another week is coming to a close. It can feel as though one week slips into the next with little difference in our routine. It can be hard to find newness and different perspectives during the monotony of quarantine. The weekly change of the parasha can become a great source of originality and inspiration...
Posted Friday, May 15, 2020 9:54:00 AM
This week's parasha Behar-Bechukotai starts by talking about Shabbat. The last time the Torah mentions Shabbat is in Parashat Yitro, so why is it bringing up that topic again now?...
Posted Thursday, Apr 30, 2020 11:24:00 PM
In this week's Torah portions of Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, we read the verse: "You shall not place a stumbling block in front of a blind person; and you shall have fear of your God — I am the Lord." Would any of us really place an obstacle that a blind person could trip over?...
Posted Thursday, Apr 23, 2020 11:06:00 PM
This week's parasha is a double parasha, Tazria-Metzora. Tazria-Metzora is about the power of words and how we use them. It is also about the consequences that occur if we use the gift of speech that Hashem has granted us incorrectly. These parshiot connect in many ways to what is happening in current times...
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