Weekly Torah Portion

Parashat Vaytzei 5781: The Mystery of Jacob's Sheep


The patriarch Yaakov (Jacob), fleeing from his brother Esav’s anger, goes from the frying pan into the fire when he arrives at the household of his uncle Lavan. The fast-paced Torah portion of Vayetzei, recounting the adventure of Yaakov’s temporary exile, has it all: romance; love, marriage and family; the duplicitous Lavan’s many twisty-turn intrigues…but in the center of it all, an enigma: our Torah portion’s (seemingly) disproportionate focus on sheep. From the moment that Yaakov rolls the stone from the well to water the flocks, to the curious incident of the peeled rods at the water troughs, Yaakov seems obsessed with sheep. What’s with the sheep? A great mystery awaits us….     

The Torah portion of Vayetzei (Gen. 28 : 10 - 32 : 3) is read on Shabbat, Kislev 12, 5781 November 28, 2020 


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Global Lock-down: A Time for Reflection, A Time for Change

The Book of Leviticus, the Divine Service, and the Temple Offerings: Heart of the Torah 

As we usher in the glorious month of Nisan, time of Redemption, the people of Israel now begin to read the third book of the Bible, Leviticus, called 'the heart of the Torah.'  How do we understand the korbanot, the Temple offerings, which seem so difficult to relate to in our modern world? Rabbi Chaim Richman and Jim Long discuss the meaning and significance of the Temple offerings in the shadow of  a world paralyzed by the Corona virus, which is now keeping nearly three billion people the world over in lock-down.


Rabbi Chaim Richman Jerusalem Lights | Torah for Everyone

Jerusalem Lights | Torah for Everyone