Chayei Sarah - Weekly Torah Portion

Today, despite the temptation to deal with Sarah’s life, I will deal instead with two elderly men, just about to finish their respective historical tasks. They are referred to similarly. We read in the Torah that, “Now Abraham was old, advanced in age” and in the Haftarah of this Shabbat we find, “Now King David was old, advanced in age”. The continuation of the description for each is quite different though and sheds a light on their lives. It is said that “the Lord had blessed Abraham in every way.” By contrast, it is said about King David that, “they covered him with clothes, but he could not keep warm.” Once more we find in the scriptures a related description where one opposes the other

Lech-Lecha - Weekly Torah Portion

We all know the story so well. Abraham sits in his tent and sees in the distance three people. He calls them to join him and prepares a feast. After asking where his wife was they respond, “‘I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.’ And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing. Sarah laughed (תִּצְחַק) to herself”. She is a rationale and reasonable and has no expectations that this can happen. Nevertheless the miracle did happen and Isaac (יִצְחָק) to remind us of that laughter Sarah laughed and which we have passed from generation to generat

Noah - Weekly Torah Portion

Destruction using water, the source of life, is the foundation of Noah’s story. The land is now full of sin and the result will be “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.” As we recall Noah builds an ark, loads it with all the members of his family and is ordered, “every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive.” It

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