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Toldot

A verse in the book of Amos attacks Edom, Esau’s descendants, saying shichet rachamav  – ‘he destroyed (i.e. suppressed) his pity.’ A midrash then reads not ‘pity’, (rachamim), but ‘womb’, rechem, and links it to ...

Posted on 2 December 2019, By Daniel Oppenheimer
Chayei Sara

Our tradition considers that every letter and word in the Torah has something to teach us. For example, there are two short phrases in this week’s Sidra that the rabbis expanded into two laws relating to Jewish marriage: namely, that a ...

Posted on 2 December 2019, By Janine Stein
Vayeira

Was there something special about Abraham, which caused God to pluck him from obscurity and to enter into an eternal covenant with him?  Our tradition offers many different responses to this question.  ‘For I know him (ki y...

Posted on 15 November 2019, By Rabbi Joel Levy