Weekly Torah Portion Studies:ToldotGenesis 25:19-28:9
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Gavriela Frye, Editor atVillage for Hope & Justice Ministry
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Our portion tells the story of Jacob and Esau, from birth through their famous feud.
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Shabbat: Bringing Creation to its Fulfillment
Adar II 16, 5776 · March 26, 2016
Seventh Reading: Leviticus 8:30–36
The installation rituals were repeated every day for a full week.
Bringing Creation to its Fulfillment
(כִּי שִׁבְעַת יָמִים יְמַלֵּא אֶת יֶדְכֶם: (ויקרא ח:לג
[Moses told Aaron and his sons,] “[G-d] will install you [by these rituals] for seven days.” Leviticus 8:33
When the world was first created, G‑d’s Presence rested on earth. But the misdeeds of successive generations banished it to further and further spiritual realms.
Nothing is more empowering than the decision to do good despite all odds. Nothing is more liberating than stealing time from a busy day to immerse yourself in the ocean of Torah.
There is no greater freedom than ignoring the entire world while you converse with its Creator.
Take charge. Just do it. The world releases its stranglehold and recedes to the background. The universe becomes your servant. You are free.
Exile begins when we believe the world is a big place and we are its tiny prisoners.
Freedom begins when we believe in our purpose and do what we are here to do.
Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
וַיִּפֹּל עַל צַוְּארֵי בִנְיָמִן אָחִיו וַיֵּבְךְּ וּבִנְיָמִן בָּכָה עַל צַוָּארָיו
Biblical scholars point out that Joseph wept over the destruction of the Temple that was in the future territory of Benjamin, while Benjamin wept over the fall of the Tabernacle of Shilo, found in Joseph's future territory. Why did each brother weep over the other's tragedy, surely their own was enough to mourn!
Today's Day - Adar II 4, 5776
Roman Ghetto Abolished (1798)
In 1555, Pope Paul IV segregated the Jews of Rome in a walled quarter
surrounded by gates that were locked at night. The ghetto and the Jews were
then subjected to various forms of degradation as well as restrictions on their
During the French
was conquered by Napoleon Bonaparte. On the 4th of Adar (Tuesday, February 20,
1798) the Ghetto was legally abolished.
And he had brought up Hadassah, that is Esther.
וַיְהִי אֹמֵן אֶת הֲדַסָּה הִיא אֶסְתֵּראסתר ב:ז
va-y'-hee o-mayn et ha-da-sa hee es-tayr
Esther is the name that comes to mind as the Jewish heroine of the Purim story, however, in the Megillah, we find that her given name is actually Hadassah.
Why was Esther's name changed, and why has the second name gone down in fame throughout history? If we look at the meaning of the word Esther, we can see why.
Sunday: Getting Close
Adar II 3, 5776 · March 13, 2016
First Reading: Leviticus 1:1–13
After the Tabernacle was erected on the 1st of Nisan, 2449, G‑d called Moses into the Tabernacle and began instructing him regarding the procedures for the sacrifices.
There are four broad categories of sacrifices: ascent-offerings, peace-offerings, sin-offerings, and guilt-offerings.
G‑d first taught Moses the procedures for ascent-offerings.
Getting Close - (אָדָם כִּי יַקְרִיב מִכֶּם קָרְבָּן וגו': (ויקרא א:ב
What Is Shabbat?
Shabbat (the Sabbath) is the centerpiece of Jewish life, and has been so since the infancy of our nation. According to the Talmud, Shabbat is equal to all the other commandments.
Shabbat is so central to Jewish life
Shabbat is the centerpiece of Jewish life that the terms homer Shabbat (Shabbat observer) is synonymous with “religious Jew” in common parlance.
Shabbat is a day of rest and celebration that begins on Friday at sunset and ends on the following evening after nightfall.
Four of the last five Sidrot have dealt with the construction of the Sanctuary and its vessels by the Israelites. What is the difference between them that justifies their division into four separate Sidrot? There is a clear difference between the first two (Terumah and Tetzaveh) which concern the command itself, and the second two (Vayakhel and Pekudei) which concern its transmission and execution.
But what distinguishes Vayakhel and Pekudei? And what links them so that they are often read together in the same week?