November 24, 2016

"Isaac went out to the field towards evening to converse in the field; Looking up, he saw camels approaching. Looking up, Rebekah saw Isaac. She alighted from the camel and said to the servant, “Who is that man walking in the field toward us?” And the servant said, “Th...

November 17, 2016

Some years ago, I was on a Birthright style Israel tour, and we spent the night at a Bedouin encampment in the Negev. The Bedouin host graciously served us sweet tea and spoke about their lore of an "open tent" and their culture of hospitality. It was a wonderful prese...

November 9, 2016

At the close of this week’s parsha, we read how God instructs Abraham to circumcise himself and his family:

Such shall be the covenant between Me and you and your offspring to follow which you shall keep: every male among you shall be circumcised. (Gen 17:10)

There are f...

November 3, 2016

“Noah was a righteous man; he was blameless in his age” (6:9)

“You alone have I found righteous before Me in this age” (7:1)

Noah was undoubtedly a righteous man. But the Rabbis noted that Noah is always described as righteous “in his age”. What, they wondered, does this...

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