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Teachings

Below are the teachings from our weekly Torah Studies.  If you would like to join us, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can let you know where and when we meet.

Vayeishev (And He Settled) B’resheet (Genesis) 37:1-40:23

Torah Portion:  Vayeishev (And He Settled) B’resheet (Genesis) 37:1-40:23

Haftorah Reading: Amos 2:6-3:8

Tonight we read one of the most important Torah portions of the year. There are many points to ponder. Let’s begin with what was the basis for my question this week. This involved Reuben and his attempt to save his brother Joseph from the hands of his other brothers.

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Vayishlach (And He Sent) B’resheet (Genesis) 32:4-36:43

Torah Portion:  Vayishlach (And He Sent) B’resheet (Genesis) 32:4-36:43

Haftorah Reading: Obadiah 1:1-21

 

Tonight we read one of the pivotal moments of Yaakov’s life. It involves his meeting with his twin brother, Esau, after a separation of at least 20 years. If you remember, his mother Rebekah/Rivka sent him away to stay with her family and promised to send for him when Esau’s anger cooled. He never received that word from his mother. Rather, G-d instructed him to return home. So, we find him here in the night before meeting his brother Esau.

Think back through Yaakov’s life. How did he deal with sin, in the past and now including this meeting? What can we learn from this pattern of Yaakovs? It seems he mainly dealt with sin by running away from it rather than actually dealing with the issue. Is that a constructive way to deal with a problem? 

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Vayetze-And He Went Out B’resheet (Gen) 28-32

Torah Portion:  Vayetze (And He Went Out) B’resheet (Genesis) 28-32

Haftorah Reading: Hosea 11:7-13:5

In this Torah portion we read about Ya’acov/Jacob leaving the Land for the first time in his life to begin a 22 year separation from everything he had known up to this point in his life. I would imagine he was filled with fear and anxiety.  I want us to spend a bit of time talking about his journey and the experiences he had that influenced him and I think speak to us in our own lives. 

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