ARCHIVE November, 2018

Vayishlach 2018-19

At the end of Jacob’s wrestling match in portion Vayishlach, God changes his name to “Israel.” Why, then, does the Torah often continue to call him “Jacob”? In this week’s teaching, we talk about this question and discuss 6 important principles gleaned from this patriarch’s famous contest with the God of the universe. Visuals: Vayishlach […]

November 25, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayeitzei 2018-19

After a brief overview of the main topics in Vayeitzei, we explore the curious Aramaic word “memra” which occurs in the ancient Aramaic translation of this parshah and which John makes reference to in his gospel. Moving on, we reflect on Jacob’s interactions with the character named “Red” and a new character named “White.” Lastly, […]

November 18, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Toldot 2018-19

We begin this cycle’s parshah Toldot teaching with a brief look at how the Torah goes far beyond what a human would design for a religious book with its unexpected collections of stories and geneologies and building plans — all layered with unending levels of meaning. With that introduction, we discuss the interesting story of […]

November 11, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Chayei Sarah – 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun as we explore Torah portion Chayei Sarah, “The Life of Sarah.” This teaching starts with an admonition to guard against taking the holy for granted. Next, we explore the Hebrew word for “everything,” which, when read both forward and backward, yields a deep truth. We then move on to see one intriguing […]

November 4, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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