Parshat Vayetze 5783 2022

PARSHAT VAYETZE FATE AND KARMA “Laban said, It is not the practice in our place to put the younger before the older.”  (Genesis 29:26)             Today I want to speak of two words which are often overused...

Parshat Toldot 5783 2022

PARSHAT TOLDOT MACHO, MACHO MAN “When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the outdoors; but Jacob became a mild man, dwelling in the tent.”  (Genesis 25:27)             There is an...

Parshat Hayei Sara 5783 2022

PARSHAT HAYEI SARA THE SILVER PLATTER “The field which Abraham purchased from the Hittites; there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.”  (Genesis 25:10)             God had promised Abraham and his...

Parshat Vayera 5783 2022

PARSHAT VAYERA WHY DID GOD LIE? “Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I in truth bear a child, old as I am?’”   (Genesis 18:13)             Today as I was driving,...

Parshat Lech Lecha 5783 2022

PARSHAT LECH LECHAWORSHIPPING, EXPLOITING, OR TRANSFORMING NATURE “This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your seed after you; Every male child among you shall be circumcised.” (Genesis 17:10) This is a message I shared a few years ago...

Parshat Noach 5783 2022

PARSHAT NOACH THE RAINBOW CONNECTION “I have set My bow in the clouds, and it shall serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.”  (Genesis 9:13)             Who can forget the scene from The...

Parshat Bereishit 5783 2022

PARSHAT BEREISHIT IS GENESIS TRUE? “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”  (Genesis 1:1)             Once again we start reading the Torah from the beginning of Genesis.  And once again...

Shabbat Hol HaMoed Sukkot 5783 2022

SHABBAT HOL HAMOED SUKKOT APOCALYPSE NOW “On that day, when Gog sets foot on the soil of Israel, declares the Lord God, My raging anger will flare up.”  (Ezekiel 38:18)             The haftarah (prophetic...

Parshat Haazinu 5783 2022

PARSHAT HAAZINU A WOKE “THE MUSIC MAN” “The Rock, whose deeds are perfect, Yea, all God’s ways are just.”  (Deuteronomy 32:4)             Many of you know that I love Broadway musicals.  And my favorite...

Parshat Vayelech 5783 2022

PARSHAT VAYELECH ONE-HUNDRED-TWENTY YEARS “He [Moses] said to them: I am now one hundred and twenty years old, I can no longer be active.”  (Deuteronomy 31:2)2             On the 2nd day of Rosh Hashana, I...