What is Normal Life?

What is Normal Life?

The current global upheaval due to the raging pandemic, combined with political upheaval, has made us all unsettled; many are even broken and in despair. We all ask, “When will life return to normal?” The Exodus story, which we read about in the Torah...
Plant Your Feet and Grow

Plant Your Feet and Grow

When Moses discovered the burning bush, G-d called out to him, “Remove your shoes, for the land that you are standing on is holy (Ex. 3:5).” This is probably one of the most famous stories in the Torah, and Judaism teaches that all the words and stories of...
No Surprises!

No Surprises!

For Joseph’s brothers, this is the week of their “big reveal.” They suddenly learn that the viceroy of Egypt, the one who had taken their brother Shimon (Simeon) captive, forced them to bring their brother Binyamin (Benjamin), and then seized...
How to Have It All

How to Have It All

As we read last week, Yaakov left his parent’s home to live with his uncle Lavan, both to escape the anger of his brother Esav and to find a wife. Now, upon his return with his family, he hoped to make peace with Esav — and so Yaakov sent him an elaborate gift...
Truly in Tents

Truly in Tents

The contrast between Yaakov and Esav (Jacob and Esau) in this week’s Torah portion is stark. “The children matured, and Esav knew how to hunt, he was a man of the field, and Yaakov was whole, one who sits in tents (Gen. 25:27).” These descriptions...