Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading

moshe bush

Parashat Shemot

Parashat Shemot General Overview: This week’s Torah reading, Shemot, begins the Book of Exodus. Pharaoh issues harsh decrees against the Israelites, beginning decades of Jewish suffering and slavery. Moses is born and raised in the Egyptian royal palace. After killing an Egyptian, Moses escapes to Midian and marries. G‑d appears to him in a burning […]

Parashat Shemot Read More »

maxresdefault (72)

Vayigash: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Vayigash: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” So says Shakespeare. But the Torah assigns great significance to names. So when Yaakov is referred to as both “Yaakov” and “Yisrael” in a single narrative, there must be

Vayigash: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Read More »

fWlO9277309

Parashat Vayechi

Parashat Vayechi General Overview: This week’s Torah reading, Vayechi, discusses Jacob’s final years. Shortly before his passing, Jacob blesses Joseph’s children as well as his own. A massive funeral procession escorts Jacob’s body to Canaan. The reading, and the Book of Genesis, concludes with Joseph’s death. First Aliyah: Jacob lived his last seventeen years in

Parashat Vayechi Read More »

maxresdefault (71)

Miketz: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Miketz: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study What’s in a dream? Our entire future, it would seem, if the dream is properly understood by a wise interpreter. Yosef was just that person, wise and gifted with enough nerve to stand before Pharaoh and tell him how things were going to play out. Today our leaders

Miketz: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Read More »

Rav Gdalia Meyer Vayeshev

Vayeshev: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Vayeshev: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Were Yosef’s dreams of grandeur a self-fulfilling prophecy? Or was his rise to authority in Egypt, the world’s superpower at the time, a mere coincidence? And did Yaakov’s attempt to steer things in a different direction only help to facilitate what he was trying to avoid?

Vayeshev: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Read More »

Root Source Default Image

Parashat Miketz

Joseph Explaining the Dream to Pharoah, Jean Adrien Guignet Parashat Miketz General Overview: Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams, becomes viceroy over Egypt, and implements his plan to save the region from famine. Joseph is harsh with his brothers who come to Egypt to buy food, and demands that Benjamin be brought to Egypt. When Benjamin eventually

Parashat Miketz Read More »

vayeshev

Parashat Vayeshev

Parashat Vayeshev General Overview: Joseph relates to his brothers his grandiose dreams of greatness, arousing their jealousy. He is consequently sold into slavery to an Egyptian master. After defying his Egyptian master’s wife, Joseph is thrown into jail, where he interprets the dreams of Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker. The story of Judah and Tamar is

Parashat Vayeshev Read More »

maxresdefault (55)

Chayei Sara: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Chayei Sara: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study “And these are the years of the life of Ishmael: one hundred years and thirty years and seven years… In the presence of all of his brothers he fell.” Thus closes parashat Chayei Sara and thus begins the history of the Ishmaelites who some 2,500 years later

Chayei Sara: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Read More »

268698

Parashat Toldot

Parashat Toldot General Overview: Jacob and Esau are born. Isaac relocates to Philistine where he digs wells, resulting in friction between him and the locals. Rebecca and Jacob successfully deceive Isaac, tricking him into giving to Jacob the blessings he had intended for Esau. First Aliyah: Rebecca had trouble conceiving. Isaac and Rebecca prayed for

Parashat Toldot Read More »

maxresdefault (53)

Vayera: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Author: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer

Bo: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study He who does not learn from history is doomed to repeat it. This modern day observation describes the essence of Jewish ritual and explains why the Torah devotes more attention to the Passover observance of the exodus than to the exodus itself.

Vayera: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Author: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer Read More »

binding of isaac

Parashat Vayera

Parshat Vayera General Overview: Angels visit Abraham and Sarah, informing them that Sarah would give birth to a child despite her advanced age. The angels whisk Lot and his daughters out of Sodom, and overturn and destroy the entire region. Abimelech, king of the Philistines, attempts to make Sarah part of his harem, but through divine intervention she is

Parashat Vayera Read More »

BCZs12061396

Parashat Noach

Parashat Noach General Overview: In this week’s reading, Noach, Noah and his family, along with at least one pair of each living creature, survive the Flood by taking refuge in an Ark. The erection of the Tower of Babel angers G‑d, and leads to the dispersal of Noah‘s descendants. Abraham and Sarah are born. First Aliyah: While society as a whole descended into

Parashat Noach Read More »

Zot Habracha Gdalia

Zot Habracha: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Zot Habracha: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study No sooner does HaShem grant Moshe a glimpse into the future events that will take place in the land that he, himself, will never enter, than we begin again at the beginning – reading of the first six days of creation and Shabbat -in the opening verses

Zot Habracha: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Read More »

Thomas Cole The Garden of Eden (1828)

Parashat Bereshit

Thomas Cole, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Parashat Bereshit General Overview: In the Torah’s opening reading, Bereishit, G‑d creates the world in six days and rests on the seventh. Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of Knowledge and are expelled from the Garden of Eden. Cain slays Abel and is punished accordingly. Enumeration of the ten generations between Adam and Noah, the birth of Noah, and

Parashat Bereshit Read More »

donkey oct mjl image 430x245

Parashat Vezot Haberakhah

Parashat Vezot Haberakhah General Overview: This week’s Torah reading, V’Zot HaBerachah, which is read on the holiday of Simchat Torah, recounts the blessings Moses bestowed upon each of the tribes, the story of Moses’ death, and describes the greatness of his personality, prophecy and deeds. First Aliyah: Shortly before he passed away. Moses blessed the Tribes of Israel individually. Moses prefaced his

Parashat Vezot Haberakhah Read More »

*/