Parshat HaShavua

Parshat HaShavua

We are pleased to feature a different Religious Zionist rabbi each week from around the country to share a Dvar Torah. 

Parshat Toldot by Rabbi Yaakov Lerner

THE REAL DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN YITZCHAK AND RIVKA Parshat Toldot opens with the tumultuous pregnancy of Rivka, followed by the birth of the twins, Esav and Yaacov. From birth they appeared vastly different from one another. This striking physical contrast proved to be...

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Parshat Chayei Sarah by Rabbi Moshe D. Lichtman

THE GOD OF THE LAND Avraham said to his servant… “I will make you swear by the Lord, God of heaven and God of earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell.  Rather, you shall go to my land and to my...

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Parshat Chayei Sarah by Rabbi Ephraim Epstein

Landing the Ultimate Deal Parhsat Chayei Sarah begins with both a sigh of relief after Yitzchak is spared at the Akeidah as well as the shock of the sudden passing of Sarah Imeinu. Despite his sadness,Vayakam Avraham,  Avraham rises up with strength and a sense of...

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Parshat Vayera by Rabbi M Mitchell Serels

Abraham’s Eshel: Existential Hospitality Nestled almost insignificantly in the various historical stories of Avraham, there is one sentence that, by its solitary uniqueness draws our attention. Hidden between the story of the peace treaty with Abimelech, and the...

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Parshat Vayera by Rabbi Moshe D. Lichtman

THE GREATER TEST R. Levi bar Chita said: “[The Torah] says lech lecha twice [once in the beginning of last week’s parashah – Go forth from your land…to the Land that I will show you (12:1), and once in the story of Akeidat Yitzchak – Please take your son…and go forth...

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Parshat Vayera by Rabbi Samuel Klibanoff

I often quip that I should have a sign hanging over my front door that reads: “Kol Asher Tomar Sarah, Shema Bekolah!”  (You see, I was lucky enough to marry a Sarah – a true matriarch in her own right!) This Passuk is of course a reference to what Hashem told Avraham...

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Parshat Lech Lecha by Rabbi Moshe D. Lichtman

WHEN THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY When God commanded Avraham to leave his birthplace and go to “the Land that I will show you” (12:1), our forefather did not hesitate nor question the order.  On the contrary, he immediately picked up and began his journey, as it says...

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Parshat Lech Lecha by Rabbi Elie Mischel

A Gift of Love And Hashem said to Avram: “Go out from your land, from your relatives, and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”  At the very beginning of our story, generations before our people received the Torah at Har Sinai, Hashem promises...

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Parshat Noach: Yes, We Can! By Rabbi Elie Weinstock

Yes, We Can!  “Va-ya’as Noach k’chol asher tzeeva oto Elokim kein asa – And Noah did, according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.” (Bereishit/Genesis 6:22) Noach did as God commanded. That is what we would expect. The verse is strange, though, in that it...

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Parshat Noach by Rabbi Moshe D. Lichtman

THE FLOOD AND ERETZ YISRAEL What connection could there possibly be between this parashah and the Holy Land?  Seemingly, the flood affected the entire world, as the verse says, Everything that was on dry land died (7:22).  Furthermore, this is essentially a universal...

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