What does it take to be a good leader? Daniel Levine, West Coast NCSY, goes through the parsha, as well as what we know about Yehoshua, to teach us an important lesson about different styles of leadership.
If we don’t understand it, why do we do it? Simon Springer, from Seattle, New York and West Coast NCSY, goes through different opinions in Jewish thought to teach us about the nature of mitzvot and how to use to become better people.
What do basketball, davening doctors, and this week’s parsha have in common? This week, Willie Balk, former TJJ advisor, advisor for the Midwest, West Coast, and Northwest NCSY regions, and Central East alum, teaches us how to enjoy life, infuse it with holiness, and make the small things add up.
This week we see a very significant transition in the focus of the literature of the Torah. Up until this week the Torah has consisted purely of narrative, describing the creation, the first few generations, the lives of the forefathers, and the enslavement and freedom of the Jewish people from Egypt. This week the Torah turns
By: Jonathan Levine, as taught by Yosef Ginsberg This week, as we finish off Genesis, I decided to take a different approach in my writing about the Parsha. Usually, my approach to the Parsha is very textual, and I base my ideas off of several different commentaries, taking into account each of their opinions. I
In the last few chapters of Genesis there is a very striking recurrence of the dream as a tool to predict the future. In few other places in Biblical literature is there equal recognition of the importance of dreams, and in those few stories in which dreams are recounted, there is never tantamount emphasis on
There are two main stories that are recounted to us by the Torah this week. Sarah dies, and Abraham purchases land in Hebron. He then buries her in a cave on that property. Later, Abraham sends his servant Eliezer to find a wife for Isaac, and with intricate detail we hear about Eliezer’s quest, eventually
There is one verse written in the first Torah portion, Parsha Va’Yelech, that lends itself to a fascinating topic: “The hidden are for the Lord our God, but the revealed are for us and our children until forever.” The simple meaning of the verse is that hidden sins are the province of God alone; for these sins, God holds no one responsible but the sinner himself. However, the community at large is responsible and therefore culpable for openly committed sins.