Commentaries & Kingdom News

November 2017


Shalom!   This week our parashah begins with Ya'acov/Jacob returning to Canaan in obedience to the command of YHWH:   Bereshith/Genesis 31:3 Then YHWH said to Ya'acov, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you."   Since YHWH had given the command, Ya'acov probably assumed that the Almighty would pave the way back for easy road with all the stumbling blocks cleared. Ya'acov, in fact...

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Shalom!   The patriarch Ya'acov/Jacob, had a few interesting experiences with angels this week. We'll take a look at one of the more well-known encounters, his dream including some sort of a ladder with angels ascending and descending:   Bereshith/Genesis 28:10 Now Ya'acov went out from Beersheva and went toward Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took stones of that place and put them at his...

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Shalom!   Toldot, or "generations" is a perfect title for our Torah reading. From Yitzchak will come the generations - the paradigm nations of all peoples representing humankind before YHWH Elohim. Those the Almighty loves and those He hates. Those of the Kingdom of Light and those of the kingdom of darkness. Those who belong to the Spirit and those who belong to the flesh. Those of the covenant and those who reject the covenant.   Bereshith/Genesis 25:22 But...

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Chayei Sarah

Shalom!   The Torah portion this week is entitled the "Life of Sarah." Although the announcement of Sarah's death comes at the beginning of our reading, Sarah's heritage will continue to live on after her physical death. As Avraham is recognized as the "father of our faith," Sarah as his wife, is rightly considered the mother of all who follow after the Almighty. She is the spiritual ancestor of all who believe, Jews and non-Jews alike. Sarah brought life...

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Shalom!   Bereshith/Genesis 22 is the unique, unparalleled story of Avraham's final test. Tradition tells us that Avraham was tested by YHWH ten times in order to make known his great love for the Almighty. The sages list these tests as: Rejecting the idolatry of his father Terach (Joshua 24:2) Leaving the country of his birth for an unknown land (Bereshith 12:1) Being tested with famine upon entry to the Promised Land (Bereshith 12:10) Dealing with Sarah's...

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