Michael writes, "Some would ask, if the LORD separated Abraham from his country and family (Genesis 12.1), why did he send back there to get a wife for Isaac, and why would Jacob in the future go back for a wife as well."
Michael writes, "This week’s parasha, Vayeira, ends with one of the most confusing narratives of the Tanakh, and at the same time, continues to give us insights into the intense faith of our first patriarch."
Michael writes, "But, as is common to all humankind, Israel slipped, was disobedient to the mitzvot of the LORD, was disciplined and was taken into exile. In the Haftarah for Lech Lecha..."
Michael writes, "There are times when we read this week’s account and wonder, how could the Creator of the Universe so judge humankind as to even regret making them."
Michael writes, "Recognizing that there are some things have not been revealed to us and that we must trust the LORD to know what is best is an act of faith. That does not mean that we cannot search out the unknown and ask questions, but it does mean that we may never find the answers for which we are looking."
"By dwelling in sukkot every year, we are faced with the reality of our human frailty and immortality. Just like the sukkah, our earthly bodies are but temporary dwelling places."
Michael writes, "Often, the Word of the LORD through the prophet Isaiah in chapter 58 is held up to show that the fast of Yom Kippur is no longer acceptable (Isaiah 58.3-5). But look again."
Michael writes, "Between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur lies Shabbat Shuvah, and Parashat Ha’azinu (Deuteronomy 32.1-52). It begins with what is known as the Song of Moshe (Deuteronomy 32.1-43), which encapsulates Israel’s somewhat turbulent history to date"
Michael writes, "Often when we read the Tanakh, we get the impression that it is primarily male oriented, and at least slightly misogynistic. But this week’s parasha begins with an all-inclusive call to..."
Michael writes, "The parasha begins however, with two essential things that had to be dealt with when entering into the Land."