We have arrived once again at that moment, painful for me, when we leave the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, not to meet again until next year. It is like mourning for one’s parents. How can we go on?

Just who were these angelic but achingly real people? 


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).  


“Rabbi Isaac said: Why were our forefathers infertile? Because the Holy One Blessed is He desires the prayers of the righteous” (Yevamos 64a).


In this week’s Torah portion we meet Ishmael.  


"When Jacob finished instructing his sons, he drew his feet onto the bed; he expired and was gathered to his people." (Genesis 49:33) So ends an era. But the influence of the Patriarchs is so powerful that it remains with their children until the end of time. All of our prayers begin with the words, "G-d of Abraham, G-d of Isaac and G-d of Jacob...



Recent Posts


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