Red, Red, His Name is Red

Red, Red, His Name is Red

Esau was tired, returning from a day in the field, and he saw his brother Jacob cooking lentils. “Feed me some of this, the red, this red, for I’m exhausted,” he said. “This is why his name is Edom – Red.” (Genesis 25:30) Esau was...
A Next-Level Approach

A Next-Level Approach

We are keenly aware of many levels of communication and connection with others. Broadly speaking, the closest level of connection, of course, is when we converse face-to-face. But we can also communicate via video, on the phone, and through the written word. I’m...
What’s on the Other Side?

What’s on the Other Side?

What does G-d have in store for me next? This question must plague the mind of most of us from time to time, and it was likely the question on the mind of our Patriarch, Abraham. After moving with his family and his father to the land of Charan, Abraham is told to...
Stop the Flow Before the Flood

Stop the Flow Before the Flood

The story of Noah and the great flood actually began at the end of last week’s Torah portion. That is when G-d determined that the moral corruption of man had reached terminal levels. His decision was to erase all of mankind, indeed the whole world, and start...
Conversation Starter

Conversation Starter

This week is a time of new beginnings. First of all, we will read this week about Creation: the beginning of plant life, animal life, and ultimately human life. But second, a month of holiday observances: a week of preparatory prayers prior to the new year, Rosh...