God created the world but it was not complete until a home was made for God. These homes come in the forms of the Mishkan and the Temple.
This week’s haftarah juxtaposes King David preparing for his own death with both Jacob and Joseph’s preparations for their own deaths.
In this week’s parashah, Jacob asks Joseph to swear to bury him not in Egypt but rather lay him to rest with his ancestors.
Parashat Vayechi chronicles the deaths of Jacob and his son, Joseph, both of whom provide explicit instructions regarding their burials.
In making sense of details we begin to construct the grander concept and we realize we are in the presence of something bigger.
The brothers need more food but were told not to return without their youngest brother, whom their father refuses to part with.
In this week’s parashah, Judah’s daughter-in-law Tamar tricks him into sleeping with her after she is not able to conceive with his sons.
On the eve of Jacob’s meeting with his brother Esau, he finds himself wrestling with a divine figure, winning, and receiving a new name.
In the situation that revolves around Rachel and Leah’s respective marriages to Jacob, a question of loyalty to family is asked.
After leaving his father’s home, Jacob dreams of God and experiences prayer for the first time. Learn about living in dialogue with God.
In the haftarah for Parashat Toldot, the Book of Malachi describes a dialogue of pushback between God and the people of Israel.
Discuss commentary on Jacob and Esau’s interaction in Toldot. This study guide discusses the transaction of Esau’s birth right.
In Toldot, Isaac, now the family patriarch, bestows the blessing of the firstborn on Jacob instead of Esau, when Jacob tricks him.
With memories ever-changing, how do we trust what we remember and what is shared with us? How do we trust the memories of Torah characters?
Parashat Chayei Sarah describes the final years of Abraham’s life, following the death of his wife Sarah and culminating in Abraham’s own death.
In the beginning, according to God’s original plan, the Sun and the Moon were two who ruled alongside one another. What happened?