When I was in university, the assistant chaplain at the Hillel House always referred to Jews as “G-d Wrestlers”! The source for this odd name is in this week’s Torah reading, Vayishlach.
What is living the “Good Life”? Is it lounging on the beach as you stir your ice-cold strawberry daiquiri with a mini umbrella? Is it touring the world while staying in every first-class hotel and eating in every first-class restaurant? Or is it living the life that Sarah the Matriarch lived?
In this week’s parsha, “Vayeira”, Abraham and his wife Sarah go to the land where Abimelech is king. Abraham says that this woman is his sister, but the king still snatches her with the intention of making her his wife. G-d punishes Abimelech and everyone in his palace, until Abraham intercedes and prays on behalf…
Abraham the Patriarch was 75 years old and had thousands of followers – people that Abraham taught and how now believed in G-d. Yet at this point, G-d told him to leave!
The people of Noah’s generation were known as a sinful generation. Yet it was a particular sin which did them in.
This week we begin the Torah anew, starting with the Creation of the World. At the end of the Creation, it says, “vayishbox b’yom hashvi’i” – G-d abstained on the seventh day. But just prior to this it says that G-d completed His work! Telling me that G-d abstained from work that was already completed…
Jews are commanded to dwell in this relatively flimsy structure for 7 days.
Yom Kippur is a unique time of year in which G-d gives His people the opportunity to repent and start with a clean slate. Unfortunately, many people do not take advantage of this day, thinking, “I have done so many sins. How could I possibly repent? It is just impossible!
I’m Still Standing Parshas Nitzavim is the last Torah reading of the year (though there are still 3 more parshas to read before we finish the Torah).
Thank You! I grew up watching the television show The Odd Couple, and one of the funniest episodes, “You Saved My Life” is directly connected to this week’s Torah reading of Ki Savo.