Michael writes, "These are the same words I leave with you as we prepare to enter into this last Shabbat of 2017. Be strong and be a man (or woman) dedicated to the LORD."
Michael writes, "Bitahon (trust) Throughout the trials of slavery and imprisonment, Joseph never lost his trust in God and a better future. The Hebrew word Emunah, (faith) is related to Emet, (truth). Trust a is vital prerequisite in any close relationship."
Michael writes, "Although Jacob was returning, the emphasis is put upon what he did to insure his and his family’s safe re-entry into the land promised through his father and grandfather."
Michael writes, "For just a moment, however, I would like to return to the end of Toldot and see two different views of how Jacob started his journey. First, there are Rebekah’s words to Jacob..."
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."