Bereshit

Parashat Vayehi 5780

January 10, 2020 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayehi By Rabbi David Markus This last Torah portion of the Book of Genesis (Vayeḥi) concludes the drama of Jacob, Joseph and his brothers. The dramatic saga – their troubled family dynamics, power and power inversions, … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayigash 5780

January 3, 2020 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayigash By Rabbi Heidi Hoover In this week’s Torah portion, Vayigash, Joseph reveals who he is to his brothers, in an awkward and fraught family reunion. It could hardly be otherwise. His brothers, when they … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Miketz 5780

December 27, 2019 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

The Dreams of Pharaoh A D’var Torah for Parashat Miketz By Rabbi Jill Hammer Often when we come to this parashah, we think of the drama of Yosef: his rediscovery of his brothers and his decision to trick them in … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayeshev 5780

December 19, 2019 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

Thomas Mann’s Portrayal of Tamar—A Self-Reflection? A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayeshev By Rabbi Len Levin I first encountered Thomas Mann’s portrayal of the biblical heroine Tamar (from Joseph and His Brothers, pp. 1016–42) as a high school student; it … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayishlah 5780

December 12, 2019 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayishlah By Rabbi Bruce Alpert (’11) Two recent experiences color my reading of this week’s parashah, Vayishlah. The first involved my family watching When Harry Met Sally for the umpteenth time. After the movie, we turned to … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayetze 5780

December 5, 2019 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayetze By Cantor Sandy Horowitz (’14) Our liturgy contains frequent reminders that our God is also the God of the three patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But from what we know about Jacob when we encounter … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Toledot 5780

November 27, 2019 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

Our “Imperfect” Biblical Characters A D’var Torah for Parashat Toledot By Rabbi Irwin Huberman (’10) Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz, one of my most influential teachers, once shared a profound insight with me regarding why he believed the Torah is based on … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Hayei Sarah

November 21, 2019 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Hayei Sarah By Rabbi David Markus I stopped counting how often I hear, “God loves me: I got a great parking spot.” Even some clergy, spiritual directors and theologians have a soft spot for the … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayeira 5780

November 15, 2019 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayeira By Rabbi Heidi Hoover (’11) At the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Vayeira, Abraham is sitting outside his tent at the hottest part of the day. God visits him. Our rabbis tell us … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Lekh Lekha 5780

November 8, 2019 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

Is Not the Whole Land Before You? A D’var Torah for Parashat Lekh Lekha By Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD Every year on Simhat Torah, in my home community of Romemu, we unroll the entire Torah and the whole community holds … Continue reading »