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Message from the Rosh HaYeshiva · 2M ago

How a Baby Is Made

How is a Baby Made?  More specifically, what determines the future characteristics of the child?  One answer emerges from the story of Yaakov’s breeding of the sheep, an answer that seems to...
Message from the Rosh HaYeshiva · 2M ago

Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!

In many ways, Yitzchak’s life parallels that of Avraham.  He travels to a foreign land to avoid a famine where he then claims that his wife is his sister to prevent her abduction and is subs...
Message from the Rosh HaYeshiva · 2M ago

Speaking is Believing

After the climactic event of the akeida, the Torah turns its attention to more quotidian matters: the death and burial of Sarah and the finding of a son for Yitzchak. In this shift, a number...
Message from the Rosh HaYeshiva · 3M ago

Why Did God Test Avraham?

Why did God test Avraham with the command to offer Yitzchak as a sacrifice?  This is really two questions. First, what purpose was the akeidah meant to serve? And second, how could God have ...
Message from the Rosh HaYeshiva · 3M ago

Avraham the Weaver

 I have recently begun learning Midrash Tanchuma weekly with Rabbi Avi Weiss, and this week, I share some reflections on the two opening passages of Midrash Tanhuma to parashat Lekh Lekha.In...
Message from the Rosh HaYeshiva · 3M ago

No More Will there Be a Flood to Destroy the Earth?

God creates a perfect, self-sustaining planet, teaming with life. God places human beings in it and gives them seemingly divine powers: rule over all living things, and the ability to build,...
Message from the Rosh HaYeshiva · 3M ago

Noah, Superman and Global Warming

God creates a perfect, self-sustaining planet, teaming with life. God places human beings in it and gives them seemingly divine powers: rule over all living things, and the ability to build,...
Message from the Rosh HaYeshiva · 3M ago

No More Will there Be a Flood to Destroy the Earth?

God creates a perfect, self-sustaining planet, teaming with life. God places human beings in it and gives them seemingly divine powers: rule over all living things, and the ability to build,...
Message from the Rosh HaYeshiva · 3M ago

Who Wants to Hear a Story?

"Why," asks Rashi, in his first comment on the Torah, "did the Torah not start with the verse, 'This month is for you the first of months,' (Shemot 12:2), the first I in the Torah given to t...
Message from the Rosh HaYeshiva · 4M ago

Time to Build the Sukkah!

Feel free to download and print the Parashat Haazinu sheet and share it with your friends and family.Time to Build the Sukkah!There is a practice to build the sukkah immediately following Yo...