Category Archives: Parasha


There’s an adage that says; “Every good conversation starts with good listening”. Many attribute this quote to author and HR management expert, Tom Haak. It’s a powerful concept and one connected to this week’s parasha. It should be noted that Tom Haak didn’t construct or create that saying, a point he makes on in […]

Vayera 5784

The Da’at Z’kainim (a compilation of 13th and 14th century writings) explains that the night before Jacob’s confrontation with Esau, Jacob was left by himself. It further elaborates that Jacob’s children behaved inconsiderately in leaving their father by himself; they should have remained with him (even though Jacob had instructed them to go). From this […]

Vayetzei 5784

This week we read the well-known story of Jacob’s Ladder. Jacob is fleeing his home, escaping his brother’s wrath after he stole Esau’s birthright and blessing. Jacob is alone for the first time in his life, far from home; he is afraid and fearful about the future. In this state of being, he lies down […]

Toldot 5784

During this Shabbat – Parasha Toldot – the Jewish Climate Network is focusing our attention on climate change by designating this Shabbat Climate Shabbat. Changes in our weather patterns can be caused by shifts in the sun’s activity or volcanic eruptions, however, since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change. […]

Living Torah

In Parasha Shoftim, the Torah provides for the judicial development of its own laws, including the statement that: “you must not deviate from the verdict that they announce to you either to the right or to the left.”  (Dt. 17: 11).  This passage has served for the authority not just for the courts of the […]