Vayera (And The L-rd Appeared) B’resheet/Genesis 18:1-22:24


Torah PortionVayera (And The L-rd Appeared)-B’resheet/Genesis 18:1-22:24


Haftorah Reading II Kings 4:1-37


Today we read and study a Torah portion filled with many topics that could keep us transfixed for hours. However, we will limit ourselves to only a few that are very important to our spiritual walk.

Lekh L’Kha (Get Out From Yourself) B’resheet/Genesis 12:1-17:27

Torah PortionLekh L’Kha (Get Yourself Out)-B’resheet/Genesis 12:1-17:27

Haftorah Reading Isaiah 40:27-41:16

As we go over this Torah portion today I ask you all to contribute your thoughts on the man Avram, his motivations in life and his spiritual qualities that moved him to answer the call of G-d and go to a land not yet known to him. He left his old life behind and ventured out to follow the L-rd’s direction. As we discuss this portion let the Father speak to you about your own life and what He is calling you to do.

Re’eh (See) D’Varim (Deuteronomy) 11:26-16:17

Torah Portion: Re’eh (See) D’Varim (Deuteronomy) 11:26-16:17

Haftorah Reading Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 54:11-55:5

Tonight, at sundown the Hebrew month of Elul begins. This starts a forty-day period of concentrated introspection and repentance that will end on Yom Kippur. Of course, repentance is something we should be involved in on a daily basis. However, this does remind us of the importance of not allowing unconfessed sins to fade from our minds but instead to deal with them quickly.

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

Torah Portion: Vayetze (And He Went Out) B’Resheet (Gen.) 28-32

HafTorah:  Hosea 12:13-14:10

 Our Torah portion this week covers at least 20 years of the life of Jacob/Ya’acov. We see him literally running for his life from Esau his brother. He went to the land of Abraham and his uncle Laban.  He worked for Laban for twenty years. He was tricked into marrying not his first love Rachel, but her older sister Leah. This sets into motion a family struggle that would have many repercussions in Jacob’s life and his descendants. It is interesting to note that the unloved Leah actually birthed six sons to Jacob. Her sons formed the majority of the tribes of Israel. Rachel had two sons, Benjamin and Joseph.  Additionally it was Leah who was buried beside Jacob in the tomb in Hebron while Rachel was buried some distance away in Bethlehem. So we see a family in turmoil for a good bit of history, yet from this turmoil G-d brought forth the nation of Israel.