In Every Generation, Including Today’s

In Every Generation, Including Today’s

“In every generation they stand against us to destroy us, and the Holy One, Blessed be He, saves us from their hands.” These words from the Passover Haggadah are as true today as they were when written, well over a millennium ago. They are also why...
Balancing the Scale

Balancing the Scale

In this week’s reading we are introduced to a new Pharoah, “who did not know Joseph” [Ex. 1:8]. Pharoah had an imagined, entirely unfounded worry: “And it will be, if a war will occur, that he [all the Jews] will join our enemies” [1:10]....
Chanukah is Breaking News

Chanukah is Breaking News

At the beginning of this week’s reading, Joseph seems to be in a hopeless situation. Not only has he been separated from his family, sold into servitude in Egypt, but he has been thrown into prison as well. But when it was time for his redemption, it was...
The Benefits of Being Separate

The Benefits of Being Separate

Our reading this week begins, “And G-d said to Avram, go for yourself, from your land, and from your birthplace, and from the house of your father, to the land that I will show you” [Gen. 12:1] Rav Shamson Raphael Hirsch explains that this is in no way repetitive....
First Fruits Forever

First Fruits Forever

This week’s reading begins with the Commandment of Bikkurim, bringing the first fruits to the Holy Temple, and other gifts that were given to the Priests, Levites and the poor. Having finished the process at the end of the third year, the farmer declared,...