V'yeitzei, 5776

This week our par’sha continues the story of the life of Ya’akov ben Yits’chaq. The par’sha begins in B’reshith 28.10 as he went out from Be’ersheva for Charan, which gives us the title of the par’sha, V’yetse -and he went out. The par’sha spans nearly twenty-two years and concludes in B’reshith 32.2 as Ya’akov set up camp in a place he named Ma’cha’na’yim, the camp of Elohim, as he prepared to meet his brother.

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Toldot, 5776

This week we are studying the sixth par’sha of the book of B’reshith which is entitled Toldot - תולְדֹת, generationsToldot refers to one’s physical descendants, which in this case is a reference to Esau and Ya’akov, the sons of Yitz’chaq and Rivkah. Spanning B’reshith 25.19 through 29.9, this par’sha relates their story from their birth to Ya’akov being sent to his mother’s people in Charan to escape his brother’s wrath

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Chayei Sarah, 5776

Par’sha Chayei Sarah, which spans B’reshith 23.1-25.18, contains two major narratives: Avraham’s purchase of the Cave of Makpelah as a burial site for Sarah and his decision to find a wife for their son, Yitz’chaq. Calling this par’sha the life of Sarah is interesting considering that neither of these narratives are directly related to her life, only her death. In fact, this week’s par’sha opens with the death of Sarah and closes with the death of Avraham about thirty-eight years later, but the focus of this par’sha isn’t about death. It is about life and how to live it.

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V'yera, 5776

Our par’sha this week is entitled V’yera, which means and he appeared. The par’sha opens with these words in B’reshith 18.1 as Y’H’V’H appeared to Avraham. It continues through the next five chapters, concluding with the story of the Akeidah, the binding of Yitz’chaq in B’reshith chapter twenty-two. As we have discussed in the past, the chapters and verses found in most bibles were not originally in the Hebrew text and they sometimes interrupt the flow of the Hebrew text.

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B'reshith, 5776

In a beginning; with these words the most incredible, awe-inspiring, enduring and life-changing book that has ever been written begins. Some call it simply The Bible, others The Scriptures and some The Torah or The Tanakh. Whichever title you choose, if this book is to have the impact on your life Y’H’V’H and our Messiah desires that it has, then you must accept that it is the unalterable, unchangeable, eternal Word of our Elohim and Creator. You must understand that in this Word, that has been handed down to us from generation to generation for almost six thousand years, our Father sets before us the freedom to choose whether or not we will obey Him.

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