BO | WEEK 15

BO | WEEK 15

BO | WEEK 15 By Shelly Volk Ex 10:1 – 13:16 In last week’s reading, we saw a pattern repeated over and over again, which covered the plagues up to and including the plague of hail. Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened despite the fact of his telling Moses to appeal...
VA-EYRA | WEEK 14

VA-EYRA | WEEK 14

VA-EYRA | WEEK 14 By Shelly Volk Ex 6:2 – 9:35 Last weeks reading ended with Moses crying out to the Lord. Since he went to Pharaoh, things for the sons of Israel got worse and there was no deliverance for his people (Exodus 5:22-23). God responded, “Now you...
SHEMOT | WEEK 13

SHEMOT | WEEK 13

SHEMOT | WEEK 13 By Shelly Volk Ex 1:1 – 6:1 Exodus is the story of the birth of the nation Israel through God’s providential care and direct intervention. Their condition before the exodus out of Egypt is described in: Exodus 1:9-13 – “And he...

VAYECHI | WEEK 12

VAYECHI | WEEK 12 By David Harwood Gen 47:28 – 50:26 Genesis is the introduction to Israel’s history. Those familiar with the Torah know what’s next: Israel’s enslavement and the Exodus. From creation, to the division of the nations, to the development of...
VAYIGASH | WEEK 11

VAYIGASH | WEEK 11

VAYIGASH | WEEK 11 By Marty Goetz Gen 44:18 – 47:27 Sometimes we cannot clearly see what is right before our eyes. My wife, Jennifer, often reminds me of this fact, remarking on my remarkable inability to find something for which I am looking, even when it’s...
VAYESHEV  | WEEK 9

VAYESHEV | WEEK 9

VAYESHEV | WEEK 9 By Daniel Juster Gen 37:1 – 40:23 This week’s reading takes us through one of the most amazing stories of God’s providence and protection, the story of Joseph. The story of Joseph in his youth brings out two matters that tempted his brothers to...
VAYISHLACH  | WEEK 8

VAYISHLACH | WEEK 8

VAYISHLACH | WEEK 8 By Paul Wilbur Gen 32:4 – 36:43 Vayishlach, (Hebrew for “and he sent,”) is the eighth weekly Torah portion in the annual cycle of Torah readings. It includes the verses in the book of Genesis 32:4 through Genesis 36:43 and tells...
VAYETZE  | WEEK 7

VAYETZE | WEEK 7

VAYETZE  | WEEK 7 By Paul Wilbur Gen 28:10 – 32:3 Vayetze, (Hebrew for “and he left,”) is the seventh weekly Torah portion in the annual cycle of Torah readings. It includes the verses in the book of Genesis 28:10 through Genesis 32:3 and tells the...
TOLDOT  | WEEK 6

TOLDOT | WEEK 6

TOLDOT  | WEEK 6 By Hylan Slobodkin Gen 25:19 – 28:9 Like her mother-in-law Sarah, Rebekah was also barren. Isaac prayed and she conceived, but not like they might have imagined. She became pregnant with twins, but not just ordinary twins. These brothers...
CHAYEI SARAH | WEEK 5

CHAYEI SARAH | WEEK 5

CHAYEI SARAH | WEEK 5 By Hylan Slobodkin Gen 23:1 – 25:18 There is so much we could talk about in the parasha, but there’s not enough time to cover it in this short blog…I would like to focus on two things: the place of Sarah’s burial and the servant Abraham...