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  • Life, Afterlife

    It’s the classic question: why does a parshah that deals very little with Sarah, and when it does, only with details of her death and funeral, bear the name “The Life of Sarah?”
  • To See and Be Seen

    When Hashem appears to Avrohom here, at the very beginning of the parshah, it’s a much more open and straightforward revelation, like a visit to a convalescent friend. So why the big change?

  • Embrace Your Foreign Identity

    Hashem told Avraham to leave the comfort of every familiar thing he’d known, to go to a foreign land and to live among strangers and always be known as the outsider. Why would G-d ask such a big uncomfortable thing of Avraham?
  • Floating Above It All — Lessons from Noach

    There’s this age-old argument among the commentaries about what is meant by the seemingly superfluous word, "בדרתיו" – “in his generation.” Does it mean that Noach was a tzaddik, a righteous person, compared to the rest of his generation? Or despite them?
  • Bereishis - Our Kushan

    So, folks, we’re here at the beginning again, a beautiful place to start. There’s something wonderful about the cyclical nature of our year and all the opportunities for fresh beginnings.

    The Chumash begins here, “In the beginning, Elokim created, the heavens and the earth.” The very first Rashi on Tanach poses the following question...