Vezot HaBrachah 2021

In this final Torah portion of the cycle, we look at Jacob’s 12 sons in 6 pairs- a perspective suggested by Moses’ blessing of the tribes- drawing out life lessons from this diverse group that makes up the body of Israel. Being in the middle of Sukkot, we also carry over our thoughts regarding the […]

September 24, 2021 in Media, Torah 5781 (2021-2022) by

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Nehemiah Chs. 11-12: The Holiness of Walls

An early question in Nehemiah chapters 11-12 is, “Why are 10 tribes almost missing from the list of Jerusalem’s residents?” After exploring this question, we draw out a few gems from the many names listed in these chapters, including an important principle drawn from the name “Zerubabel” about relating to paganism. Other topics include more […]

October 18, 2020 in Ezra-Nehemiah, Media, Tanakh by

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Vayechi 2018-19

We begin our discussion of Torah portion Vayechi by looking at Pharaoh’s one big mistake and drawing a life lesson from it. We then focus on the wonderfully complex pictures revealed in the lives of Ephraim and Manasseh. Lastly, we explore within Jacob’s deathbed blessings for the 12 brothers, drawing lessons for us today from […]

December 23, 2018 in Media, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Genesis 49

In this Torah Project teaching, we focus on Jacob’s deathbed blessing of his 12 sons. As we explore this fascinating passage, we bring together the characteristics of the sons, the histories of the tribes descended from them gleaned from both the Scriptures and tradition, and the insights of the Jewish sages. Along the way, we […]

April 8, 2018 in Genesis, Media, Torah Project by

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