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An Honorable Failure

28 Heshvan 5772 – November 24, 2011
Even before they were born, Jacob and Esau struggled in the womb. They were destined, it seems, to be eternal adversaries. Not only were they different in character and appearance, they also held different places in their parents’ affections.

How Long To Grieve

20 Heshvan 5772 – November 17, 2011
Abraham, the Sages were convinced, was a greater religious hero than Noah. We hear this in the famous dispute among the Sages about the phrase that Noah was “perfect in his generations,” meaning relative to his generations:

Babel’s Larger Theme

29 Tishri 5772 – October 26, 2011
Between the Flood and the call to Abraham, between the universal covenant with Noah and the particular covenant with one people comes the strange, suggestive story of Babel:

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