Bereshit

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 »

 

Parashat Noah 5780

November 1, 2019 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

Deluge, Ancient and Modern A D’var Torah for Parashat Noah By Rabbi Len Levin In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and all their host. God saw everything that God made, that it was good. All the … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Bereishit 5780

October 25, 2019 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Bereishit By Rabbi Bruce Alpert (’11) For many years now, I have been intrigued by one particular reading in my synagogue’s High Holiday mahzor (Mahzor Hadash, The Prayer Book Press). Entitled “Continuing Creation,” it says that … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayehi 5779

December 20, 2018 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayehi by Cantor Sandy Horowitz (’14) With Parashat Vayehi we come to the end of the book of Genesis, the completion of a series of individual narratives including those of our matriarchs and patriarchs. Let … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayiggash 5779

December 13, 2018 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

Reconciliation is Difficult A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayiggash by Rabbi Len Levin “Then Judah went up to him and said, Please, my lord…” (Gen. 44:18) “And Joseph could no longer refrain before all those standing before him…” (Gen. 45:1)  … Continue reading »