Bereshit

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 »

 

Parashat Miketz 5779

December 6, 2018 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

Joseph: Is He Greater than the Patriarchs? A D’var Torah for Parashat Miketz by Rabbi Isaac Mann As the lights of the Hanukah menorah grow from day to day, so does our fascination with the story of Joseph in the … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayeishev 5779

November 29, 2018 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

Keeping the Mind in Mind: The Essence of Pluralism A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayeishev By Rabbi David Evan Markus Exciting news: studying theology can teach us how to think and even build secular careers! Whatever one’s beliefs, immersion in the complexities … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayishlah 5779

November 21, 2018 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

The Oak of Weeping A D’var Torah for Vayishlah By Rabbi Jill Hammer Devorah the wetnurse of Rivkah died and was buried under Beth El, under the oak. And he called it the Oak of Weeping (Alon Bahut). (Genesis 35:8) Devorah, Rivkah’s … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayeitze 5779

November 15, 2018 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayeitze by Rabbi Heidi Hoover (AJR ’11) At the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Jacob leaves home. He doesn’t leave by choice, though. He has to leave because his life is in danger–his brother … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Toledot – 5779

November 8, 2018 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

“Mom Always Liked You Best!” A D’var Torah for Parashat Toledot By Rabbi Irwin Huberman (’10) During the late 1960s, one of the most popular comedy programs on television was the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The team of Tom and … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Hayyei Sarah – 5779

November 1, 2018 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Hayyei Sarah by Rabbi Bruce Alpert (’11)My Jewish upbringing was entirely cultural, not religious. Yiddish aphorisms did more to shape my identity than any biblical story. For a long time I missed the irony that, though raised … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayera – 5779

October 27, 2018 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

  A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayera by Cantor Sandy Horowitz (’14) Our matriarch Sarah is held in high esteem. Her kindness in welcoming strangers is a trait she shares with Abraham, and it is said that on the day she … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Lekh Lekha – 5779

October 18, 2018 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

  The Encounter of Abraham and Melchizedek A D’var Torah for Parashat Lekh Lekha by Rabbi Lenny Levin “And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was a priest of God Most High (El Elyon). He blessed … Continue reading »