Va'era - Weekly Torah Portion

this week we viewed with excitement as kings, princes, prime ministers and presidents that made their way to participate in the events of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day that took place in Jerusalem, hosted by president Rivlin. Moving speeches were delivered, and much was said. Maybe if only half of them were made in the thirties of the twentieth century, and real deeds would have taken place, we would have spared an unimaginable number of human lives. Not from our nation that was deprived of six millions of us, but also from other nations that joined the fight. The voice of leaders was almost unheard, unspoken, and the bill was served to the youngsters who fought throughout the

Shemot - Weekly Torah Portion

Welcome to the book of Exodus, known in Hebrew as the Book of Names, Shemot, the book were a family becomes tribes and tribes become a nation. To go through this transformation the participants must experience a process of internalization of their situation and the need for a significant change in their lives. The challenges are great, the work is hard, the new Pharaoh does not know of the past but is certainly afraid of the future. He translates his fears of the future into prohibitions, difficulties, and cruelties to those who are outside of his reference group, attempting to and succeeding in inciting one group of people with another. He puts it simply to his people, “Behold, the people o

Vayechi - Weekly Torah Portion

Three stories of life and death are at the core of our readings this week from the Torah and the Haftarah. We read about Jacob, Joseph and David. We have explicit information about how long Jacob lived, “the length of Jacob’s life was one hundred and forty-seven years.” We also know the length of life of Joseph, “Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years”. About David, King David that is, we read simply this, “The days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years he reigned in Hebron and thirty-three years he reigned in Jerusalem.” There is an supposition that he lived to the age of seventy. Life is elusive and what is more interesting than the length of life itself

Vayigash - Weekly Torah Portion

These are turbulent times for the State of Israel, now that its prime minister has been indicted by the attorney general and his decision to seek immunity. By law a member of Knesset has the right of doing so and the prime minister is not different. Certainly every person has the right, the prime minister included, to enjoy the presumption of innocence. It is not he who needs to prove his innocence but rather it is upon the accuser, in this case the State of Israel, to prove his guilt at a level required by the courts. The discussion about guilt or innocence, legitimate as it may be, should not be instead of a presentation of the case in a court-of-law. When I read the portion of the Torah o

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