Commentaries & Kingdom News

October 2018

Chayei Sarah

Shalom! The name of our parasha this week is "The Life of Sarah."  As you know, Sara dies at the beginning of the reading.  So how is this about her life?  The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains this as follows: The true test of whether the deceased person is still present, is whether the memory of the person remains alive.  Does the person's heritage still have the breath of life, develop and grow, even after the person's death?  According to this way...

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Shalom! Our parasha this week is filled with dramatic episodes - the visitation of the Almighty to Avraham's tent informing them that the elderly Sarah will have a child, the destruction of Sodom, the banishment of Yishmael, the binding of Yitzchak, and more.  It should all make for a lively midrash! Trials are a part of everyone's life.  We don't wish for them, but we often notice later how they have transformed us for good.  Avraham went through his share of...

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Lech Lecha

Shalom! We now begin a very important journey in the lives of our forefathers.  As the "father of our faith," Avraham leads the way.  Avraham's life was filled with trials, beginning with the first command to leave his country, his family, and his father's house.  Where he was going was not even initially revealed to him.  The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us he did all these things "by faith": Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when...

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Shalom! As we study Parashat Noach this week, it comes to mind that it has rained here almost every day over the last 40 days.  Although it is nothing like the flood of Noach, when the fountains of the great deep opened along with the windows of heaven, I'll admit that at times it was almost scary.  Floods have been a common occurrence in our country this year along with life-threatening hurricanes.  Even today, Hurricane Michael rages toward the southeast.  After...

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Shalom! This week is my favorite Torah portion - Parashat Bereshith.  It comes on the heels of Sukkot and there never seems to be enough time to spend preparing it.  But enjoy Bereshith 2018. Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, 'My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,' When we read the above verse, we are assured that what we are reading this week will begin to teach us the...

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