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Parashah Vaera opens dramatically with God’s stirring proclamation to Moses: “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as El Shaddai , but I did not make myself known to them by my name Adonai . I also estab...

Posted on 25 January 2017, By Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz

This week’s parashah marks the beginning of a new book. Finished are all the family squabbles of Genesis; now begin battles between those who would be masters. No more sisters and brothers wrangling for the attentions of unavailable hus...

Posted on 18 January 2017, By Dina Pinner

Jacob’s blessings In the lives of the three Patriarchs, a father’s blessing of his sons plays a vital role, particularly in handing on God’s covenant of religion and survival. The pattern shows that the first-born may be favoured by...

Posted on 11 January 2017, By Edward Teeger