Monthly Archives: October 2015

In The Beginning…#3 – Yishmael ben Avraham (Vayera)

If there is one constant theme of Bereishit it is that of multiple sibling rivalries in which the first born never wins. Yishmael, Avraham’s banished firstborn, is sometimes read in a purely negative light. But a more charitable reading is … Continue reading

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In The Beginning… #2 Midat Sedom, Malchitzedek and Biblical Economics

Here is the second installment of our series ‘In The Beginning…’ on Bereishit – this one for Parshat Lech Lecha. In ch.12 of Bereishit, Avram’s leaves Egypt with great wealth given by Pharoah. But two chapters later he refuses the offers … Continue reading

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In The Beginning… #1 From Adam To Avraham

I have loved Bereishit (Genesis) for longer than I can remember and am excited to present the first in a series on Bereishit called ‘In The Beginning…’. Given at NYU’s weekly THINK event, this particular shiur covers parshiyot Bereishit and Noach … Continue reading

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Mosheh’s Death: A Hidden Theme of Sukkot – In memory of R’ Eitam and Naama Henkin

On Simchat Torah we celebrate the completion of the reading of the Torah but we often forget that the Torah’s final story is also one of its most tragic. A forgotten theme of Sukkot, the death of Mosheh is the … Continue reading

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