God is found in this world, not just the next. To grow spiritually, first satisfy material needs.
Jewish history isn't just Jews enduring catastrophes but renewing themselves after every disaster
HaShem wanted the Israelites to become a living testimony to the power of freedom.
Joseph reframed his entire past, now understanding himself charged with a life-saving mission by God
t was not Joseph but Judah who conferred his identity on the people; Judah who became the ancestor of Israel’s greatest king, David; Judah from whom the messiah will be born. Why Judah and not Joseph? The answer undoubtedly lies in the beginning of Parshat Vayigash,
Tamar realizes Judah has no intention of giving her his last son. Now trapped-an agunah-she acts
“Jacob was very afraid and distressed.” His fear was physical-fear of death. His distress was moral.
It's not difficult understanding why Rebecca loved Jacob, the real question's why Isaac loved Esau?
Torah is neither a book of history nor science, it is, first and last, a book about how to live.
Sukkot's the only festival sharing the pilgrimage cycle & part of Tishrei sequence-hence, double JOY
“We received Torah from Moses” or “from our parents” isn't enough. We must write our "own" scroll
Happiness is not the central value of the Torah. Occurring ten times more is the word "simcha," JOY
If we parents fail to honor responsibilities then society’s children will pay the price for our sins
Moshe wasn't the last of the prophets. How would Israel discern his true successors from the false?
Three moments, sharing the same message, made a deep impression on me: Greatness is humility.
Amongst the greatest disagreements in Judaism is the understanding of the 1st of the 10 Commandments
"When a king dies his power ends; when a prophet dies his influence begins" & their words echo today
Sharing influence is like lighting a candle with another: it doesn't mean having less; you have more
All agree that Jews ARE different. How? Why? The Bible's answer is surprising and profound.
Of Chukkim “Satan and the nations of the world made fun.” They may appear irrational & superstitious
Heaven answered Moshe dramatically. He was proved right. End of revolt. End of story- Not at all...
There's no obligation TO wear tzitzit; opting to wear them symbolizes free acceptance of the mitzvot
Sadly, we're no longer an edah; We've fissured and fractured: Orthodox & Reform; religious & secular
This week's parshah inspired the Jubilee 2000 initiative leading to debt cancellation of $34 biilion
Rambam: Eating blood's forbidden because connected to idolatry;Ramban: We're affected by what we eat