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Reflections – Vayetzei

After Jacob steals Esau’s blessing, a deep rift develops between these two brothers. So deep is Esav’s pain that he vows to kill his brother Jacob. And so without a moment’s hesitation, Isaac and Rebekah urge Jacob to journe...

Posted on 29 November 2014, By Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz
Reflections – Toledot

Parshat Toldot is often understood in stereotypical terms as an account of the relationship between Jews and non-Jews. The central part of the story is focused on Isaac’s journey to Gerar, his defeat at the hands of the Philistines, and...

Posted on 22 November 2014, By Matt Plen
Reflections – Chayei Sarah

Sometimes I feel that this Parashah is under the auspices of Keren Kayemet LeIsrael (Jewish National Fund). It begins with the story of the first Jew to buy real estate in the Land of Israel – Abraham our Father. In the city of He...

Posted on 15 November 2014, By Rabbi Mijael Even David