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Toldos - (Bereishis/Genesis 25:19-28:9)
The struggle between Yaakov and Esav, which began whilst still in the womb, is an eternal struggle between two nations, between goodness and evil, between light and darkness, between a nation that is open to G-d's truth and lives by and teaches that truth, and a nation willing to stoop to whatever subterranean level necessary to deny that truth and prevent its recognition in this world. The festival of Chanukah, which occurs later in this new month of Kislev, celebrates an essential victory of good over evil in this generational struggle.

Even within our own selves this battle is fought, and material temptations constantly arise, attempting to deter us from assuming our responsibility as the children of G-d.

by Rabbi Chaim Richman of the The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.


Chayei Sarah - (Bereishis/Genesis 23:1-25:18)
Old age, the blessing of wisdom conferred upon one who has lived his life with love and kindness towards others, a true recognition of G-d's presence in the world, is a gift for all of us to acquire, thanks to Avraham, who beseeched G-d to grant him old age and the wisdom to recognize the sublime beauty with which his beloved wife Sara lived her life.

by Rabbi Chaim Richman of the The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.


Vayeira - (Bereishis/Genesis 18:1-22:24)
Avraham dedicated his entire life to sharing the good news that there is One G-d in the world, and that all we have comes from Him. Avraham sought out wayfarers and passers-by, invited them in, showered them with kindness and insisted that his guests give thanks only to G-d, Creator of the world.

by Rabbi Chaim Richman of the The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.


Lech Lecha - (Bereishis/Genesis 12:1-17:27)
Avraham wasn't just the biological ancestor of the nation of Israel. He wasn't merely a migrant seeking a new land. And his name wasn't simply chosen out of a hat by G-d to receive the commandment of lech lecha - "go for yourself" - on a journey. Avraham was the world's first and greatest iconoclast and revolutionary, completely upending the way things were and introducing a new, and an ever new and ever renewing way of understanding and living life with the intimate knowledge of and personal acquaintance with the One G-d.

Avraham sought G-d, and G-d took him in: into the land, into G-d's covenant, and into G-d's heart.

by Rabbi Chaim Richman of the The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.


Noach - (Bereishis/Genesis 6:9-11:32)
"Noach was a righteous man he was perfect in his generations... " Much ink has been spilled over the centuries trying to determine what Torah really intended by that qualifying phrase, "in his generations." An expression of praise? Derision? Perhaps it meant just what it said, no more, no less: Noach was a righteous giant, the right man at the right time, true to his own potential, worthy of G-d's affection, the rescuer of all flesh, and the father of all who have followed.

by Rabbi Chaim Richman of the The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.


Bereishis - (Bereishis/Genesis 1:1-6:8)
Do you believe that G-d created the world? If you do, then this points to something much more significant: You believe in yourself, your importance to the G-d who created you, and your responsibility to conduct your life in accordance to the spark of the Divine with which G-d has entrusted you.

by Rabbi Chaim Richman of the The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.



 


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