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Weekly Torah Portion
Vayera 5784/2023: Passing the covenant to next generation
Actually, the Halakhic matrilineal definition of a Jew makes it even easier for males to make sure, their children will not be Jewish. Something stronger is needed to keep the covenant alive and thriving mi-dor le-dor, from generation to generation. And of course, as for every Jewish question, there are more than one correct answer. But most of the answers sit at the field of education.
Lekh Lekha 5784/2023: Against the whole world
This revelation made Abraham able to stand against the idolatry of Ur Kasdim, and to begin going on his own path. This path was shared to his descendants, to us, the Jewish people. That is why we keep holding his title – Hebrew.
Bereshit 5784/2023: The Circle of Life
This week I had an opportunity to learn a Hassidic commentary on the verse ‘And God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness…“’ (Genesis 1:26) from the book ‘Mei Shiloach‘ by Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Leiner of Izbica. It describes the unbreakable chain of the power that exists in everything, created by God – from stones to human beings.
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