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It had been thirty-four years since Jacob escaped his brother Esau’s wrath. During this time Jacob had spent fourteen years studying Torah and twenty years building his family. He had descended to the immoral pit of his uncle Laban’s home, and emerged unaffected and even stronger for the ordeal. Esau, …

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Passover: Journey Forth

November 2, 2005 – 2:51 am |
journey forth - innerstream

Four Schools of Thought
As our ancestors stood poised before the Red Sea, an argument broke out and in true Jewish fashion there was more then one school of thought. The Midrash describes the four different schools of thought that prevailed. (a) Fatalism – Let’s drown ourselves in the sea (b) …

Seventenn of Tamuz: Destruction and Hope

November 2, 2005 – 2:49 am |
Jerusalem from Mount Olives

During the Hebrew month of Tamuz, Jews around the world observe a three-week semi mourning period to commemorate the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

Yom Hazikaron: We Remember

November 2, 2005 – 2:47 am |

Sweeping vista
Lifeless plane,
Victory hollow
Heart of pain.

Land mass strewn
friend and foe,
Lie forever
Battle throes.

Sand storm rising
Sinai beckons,
A soul asunder
Wanders, reckons.
Patience try
Today on high,
Was it worth it
An anguished sigh.

A rising wave
A tidal crest,
We won the war
We …

Yom Kippur: A Midrashic Account

November 2, 2005 – 2:22 am |

A Stolen Gem
 The Midrash relates that “when Moshe ascended to the supernal abode he heard the angels singing the words 'Baruch Shem Kevod Malchuso Leolam Vaed' and upon his descent he taught it to the Jewish people. Why does Israel not proclaim these words in public? Says, Rabbi Asi, this …

Vayera: Generosity Pays

November 2, 2005 – 1:33 am | One Comment | 

A Pillar of Salt
G-d destroyed the city of Sedom but saved Lot and his family. As they were escaping the angel instructed them to look forward. “Don’t look behind you, lest you be swept away” (in G-d’s wrath.) Lot didn’t look back but his wife did and she was cruelly …

Lech L’cha: The Power of Blessing

November 2, 2005 – 1:13 am |

Two Anomalies
In our Parsha G-d makes a powerful promise to Avraham, one we would all have loved to receive. “And I shall bless those who bless you, and he who curses you shall be cursed.” Upon examination, the reader will notice two anomalies.

Chayei Sarah: Reasons of Infinity

November 2, 2005 – 12:51 am |

I am a Servant
In our Parsha we read that Eliezer, servant of Avraham, traveled to Charan to seek Rivkah’s hand in marriage to Yitzchak. When he appeared before her family he prefaced his presentation with the words, “I am a servant of Avraham.” The Talmud teaches that even the casual …

New Year Greeting 5766: Emotional Disengagement

November 2, 2005 – 12:40 am |
Shana Tova

As we enter the new year the catchword in the Jewish world is the word “disengagement.” Some are in favor, others opposed but everyone is talking about it. Should Jews voluntarily disengage from portions of the holy-land or are our ties to our country too deep to easily disengage?  It is interesting …