Parshas VaYetze – The Aramaic of the Torah

Download as Word Parshas VaYetze is one  of two Sedarim in the Torah that is one entire section in a Sefer Torah[1]. There are no Parshiyos Pesuchos or Stumos. These two types of Parshiyos are characterized by white space where a specific number of spaces are left blank. Rashi teaches us[2] that these are to…

Parshas Toldos – Battling Plishtim

Download as Word One of the nations with which Klal Yisrael interacts during its formative years, are the Plishtim. From the time of Avrohom and the other Avos, through Yetzias Mitzrayim, and culminating with Shimshon and David, there are constant interactions with them. In this week’s Parsha we learn about the conflict between Yitzchok and…

Parshas Chayei Sara – The Children of Keturah

Download as Word The end of this week’s Parsha is quite puzzling. After Avrohom has ascertained the continuation of Klal Yisroel through the marriage of Yitzchak and Rivka, instead of continuing with the history of Yitzchok, we learn about Avrohom’s other marriage to Keturah (whether to Hagar under a new name, or someone else) and…

Parshas VaYera – The Future of Sodom

Download as Word In Lech Lecha and Vayera, along with the beginnings of Klal Yisroel, we learn about the rise and fall of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is important to note as we begin that the area of Sodom is within the borders of Eretz Yisroel. That is why HaShem informs Avrohom…