Vayera - weekly Torah portion

When se are sought for there are several ways to respond. In the well-known story of the Garden of Eden we read, “Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’”. This happened immediately after Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden fruit, “and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” Listening to the voice of God it is clear that it is not going to help avoiding the Lord and the man provides his answer, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” Another such story of hide and seek we find in the case of the prophet Jonah. In his story we are told that afte

Lech Lecha - weekly Torah portion

It is quite fair to say that almost everyone know the famous words “lech lecha” when Abram is told, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives, And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you.” In fact it seems that these words were separated from the end of last week’s portion of the Torah but are actually tightly connected to this week’s portion of the Torah. Maybe it is the disjoint reading that causes a less than clear reading of what is really meant here. At the end of the portion of Noah we read, “Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went out together from Ur of the Chal

Noah - weekly Torah portion

"Noah walked with God”, we are told, and “Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.” Overall he was a good man, he did what he was told to do. He does not ask questions, he does not annoy. “God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt”, the people are evil, and God decided, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.” All but very few are going to perish and Noah, Noah he works on the ark. He does not ask questions, does not wonder the issue, and he certainly does not fight the decision to get rid of so many people. As we said, overall he was a good

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