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...
Keep the Silver!

Keep the Silver!

Upon hearing of his wife Sarah’s death, Abraham returned to his home in Hebron to eulogize his wife, mourn her passing, and arrange for her burial. The plot of his choice was the same cave where Adam and Eve were known to be buried, but to bury Sarah in this...
Kind to the Cruel?

Kind to the Cruel?

The city of Sodom and the surrounding region were notorious for their cruel practices and laws. But before G-d brought destruction upon them, He first informed Abraham. “It’s improper to do this without him knowing,” He said, “I gave him this...
Sweet Simple Symphony

Sweet Simple Symphony

Saved from the Great Flood (the Mabul), Noah was moved to give thanks to G-d for sparing him and his family. Immediately upon leaving the Ark, he built an altar and brought offerings upon it. G-d was pleased with this, as it says, “And G-d smelled the pleasant...