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Adar I: You Have Been Vindicated!

This year in the Hebrew Calendar we are in what is known as a leap year or a pregnant year. There are seven years in a 19 year cycle on the lunar calendar that are a leap year. So in these years a whole additional…

Weekly Torah Portion: The Descent into Egypt

This week’s portion begins in the middle of the story of the final confrontation between Joseph and his brothers, before Joseph reveals himself to them.  At the end of last week’s portion, we heard Joseph’s cruel accusations and Judah’s failed attempts to appease him.  But…

Weekly Torah Portion: On Motherhood

Jacob has been promised by God that his children will inherit the Land of Israel.  Indeed, he is the first forefather to pass on this promise and blessing to all of his children. This week’s portion tells of Jacob’s flight from Beersheba, escaping just in…