Newsletter

WE ARE ORPHANS!


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? 

view
"JOSEPH COULD NOT RESTRAIN HIMSELF"


We have just participated in one of the most remarkable dramas in the entire Torah. It began in the Torah portion of Vayeshev with Joseph’s dreams, continued through Mikeitz and concludes this week with the words “Ani Yosef … I am Joseph.” This extended scenario, in a way, represents the culmination of the lives of our Patriarchs. This is where the foundation of the entire future relationship among the Children of Israel is established.  

view
THE DREAM


It is naïve to pretend that our troubles are over, but when the holy day of T’U b’Av - the fifteenth of the month of Av - arrives, along with the next Sabbath known as Shabbos Nachamu, when verses of consolation are read, who can say that he doesn’t breathe easier, knowing that we have passed through incredible trials and that G-d Himself is giving us consolation? 

view
FAREWELL TO THE PATRIARCHS


This week we say “goodbye” to the Patriarchs. “When Jacob finished instructing his sons, he drew his feet onto the bed; he expired and was gathered to his people.” (Genesis 49:33) 

view
STARS OF ISRAEL


"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...

view

 

Recent Posts


Tags

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

Archive