In our Torah portion, our father Jacob says to Esau, “I will make my way at my slow pace … until I come to my lord at Seir” (Genesis 33:14).  


Imagine the scene: Jacob is fleeing from Esau, on his way to find a wife in the home of Laban. He is completely alone, as if there is no one else in the world, and – “because the sun had set” and darkness surrounded him – he finds the need to protect himself in this lonely, dark world. So he arranges twelve stones around his head.  


Baila is four years old. She lives in Jerusalem. Her family was in the U.S. this summer. In the airport, before the return trip, Baila’s mother asked the children what most excited them about returning to Israel. Listen to Baila’s answer.  



Recent Posts


Day of Judgement shofar liberation trees darkness Ten Commandments moon forefathers patriarchs'matriarchs three weeks Europe Sukkah Sages ancestors redeemer Eve Isaiah chaos Jewish prophets Beit Hamikdash seder Moshe pray stars compassion Judah Adam deluge automobiles spies kiddush survival Esther secret shmittah Tzuk etan Isaac Achashveirosh Maccabeans Haman persecution Tefillin Ashkenazi bird Terror Attack in Jerusalem Zion self-worship Gog earthquake evil Sabbath Leah terror Solar eclipse Samuel rosh chodesh Sea of Galilee salvation Eglon Geula Golus Zechariah Red Sea light holy purity logic Golan Avraham Rachel Ishamael Day of Atonement Torah scholars King of the Universe Raiders of the Lost Ark Sephardi Ishmael redemption alone Hebrew shield of Abraham Esau Holy Ark Abraham Earth Moshaich Prophecy Mount Zion Bilaam Sefiras haOmer Passover song Rosh Hashanah Father in Heaven Talmud Bais Hamikdosh Moab menorah God King David King Solomon evil inclination prayer book Sodom Dead Sea Miraglim prayer Torah portion Malbim Yom Kippur United Nations hubris heavenly throne Maimonides night Jewish holidays kinneret Galil Shabbos Aharon prayers world to come Egypt cries Sarah war Chanukah Hagar Purim Matriarchs Parsha Ammon Rome miracle Joseph fear Holocaust sacrifices Amram End of Days India violence rain leprosy Zion, Angel Blame incense Abrahem locusts terrorism Baku Rashi Solomon Faith Divine presence miracles Jew king Red Heifer culture tremors Tisha b'Av Holy Temple Master of the Universe Rabbis Western Wall soul sun yeshiva heaven Jewish festival messiah resurrection gossip Zohar Mount Hermon Noah G-d Holiness idol Exodus Lunar eclipse Elul terrorist Shushan Hashem High Priest spiritual Benjamin Passover Seder spirituality mitzva creation Ruth keys Samuel the Prophet fragrance death siddur Macabees paradise Chanukkah Genesis Temple Moses Rebbe Jewish People Rabbi Akiva New Moon Tu b'Av Chafetz Chaim barley matzos America tabernacle blessing kosher Shechina Miriam bris milah Mount Sinai Shavuos Canaan biblical Jeremiah Rosh Hashana Edom plague dreams idolatry heavenly gates Torah slavery Hasmoneans Matisyahu Ezekiel Land of Israel Laban holiday sin tablets Chol haMoed Rebecca Pinchas angel danger water High Holy Days judgement Chofetz Chaim Psalm commandment stones Temple Mount Yaakov Mordechai slaves bible minyan David kesuba repent Midrash Children of Israel brotherhood repentance Yerushalayim Babylon Balak synagogue Psalms Boaz Creator meraglim angels Israel Tallis Final redemption Repentence Moshiach Song of Songs Sukkos mitzvos Second Temple Pharaoh exile Greeks mikveh evolution eternity 2020 Vision Heavenly Mercy lights esrog rabbi flood Jerusalem chessed prophet Jews peace yarmulke materialism Ishmeal Holy land Western World tears Tu b'Shvat murder missiles fires fault Protective edge Garden of Eden Judgement Day Teshuva Magog sanctity mikveh, Sabbath cholent Babylonia media Lot patriarchs Judaism enemies ethics Banias eternal pain Jacob prophet Samuel priests terrorists Amalek Angel of Death Nation of Israel Golden Calf