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Parashat Chayei Sarah - Genesis 23:1-25:18

Identity In Anonymity

In this week’s Torah portion we read about death and life. Although Parashat Chayei Sarah is deeply saddening in that we learn about the deaths of both Abraham and Sarah, it’s chapters are also filled with the romantic story of Isaac’s betrothal and marriage to Rebecca. Let’s turn to this latter event to understand more about our role as a disciple of Yeshua.

Parashat Vayeira - Genesis 18:1-22:24

Cloning from Abraham’s DNA

One of the most well-known and riveting stories in the Torah is the binding of Isaac, found at the end of this week’s Torah portion. In Hebrew, it is referred to as the Akeidah, or the Binding. It is considered the final (and most difficult) of ten trials through which God tested Abraham. There are many lessons we can learn from this single event. We will attempt to bring out a few important aspects here.

Parashat Noach - Genesis 6:9-11:32

The Rainbow Covenant

When Noah and his family came out of the ark, God told them to be fruitful and multiply, repopulating the earth. He also entrusted them with certain moral obligations regarding the treatment of both man and animal. Last, He made a covenant with humanity to never again destroy the earth by water and created the rainbow as a testimony to this covenant:

Parashat B'reisheet - Genesis 1:1-6:8

The Devil Made Me Do It

Generally, when we study Parshat B’reisheet we focus in on either the days of creation or the Fall of Man. However, there are many more lessons to be learned from this brief account of the origins of humanity and sin. We can learn an important lesson from the story of Cain and Abel about how we are the masters of our own destiny.

Parashat Vezot ha'Brachah - Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12

The Loving Inheritance

In our morning prayers, one of the first passages of Scripture we recite is this: Torah tzivah lanu Moshe morashah kehillat Yaakov--The Torah Moses commanded for us is a possession for the congregation of Jacob. This is taken from our current Torah portion:

Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech - Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30

Circumcise Me Twice

Currently, we are living in a world where the heart of man struggles to submit to the Divine will. Its natural tendency is to challenge the guidelines God has established for the good of man. In the Messianic Age, however, the heart of man will surrender to the will of God. The prophets anticipated this future time and spoke of its implications:

Parashat Ki Tetze - Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

Restoring The Lost

Parashat Ki Tetze contains a plethora of laws ranging from managing the spoils of war to sexual immorality to fulfilling vows and oaths. Our focus will be on the responsibility of guarding a lost object. At the beginning of chapter 22 we read:

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