A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH: VA’EIRA (EXODUS 6:2-9:35)

By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant Last week’s Torah Parsha (SHEMOT) ended with Moses and Aaron both discouraged, as the Pharaoh of Egypt denied their request to free the enslaved Israelites. This week’s Parsha (VA’EIRA) describes with precise detail, the first seven of the ten plagues, which would eventually decimate all of Egypt. A major […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH: VAYEISHEV (GENESIS 37:1-40:23)

By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant Pulitzer Prize winning book for 2016: “Joseph and His Multi-colored Coat”….A single father with twelve sons and one daughter, born to four different women (all now deceased); a dysfunctional family; partiality; resentment; hatred; deceit; a scenario comparable to the popular television show, ‘Real housewives of Egypt’; and, crimes and […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH: VAYISHLACH (GENESIS 32:4-36:19)

By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant In last week’s Parsha (VAYETZEI), we read about how Jacob had betrayed both his father (Isaac) and his twin brother (Esau), motivated by his mother, Rebecca. Jacob’s mother favored him over his brother, and was aware that Isaac’s birthright and blessings would be endowed to Esau, who was the […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH: HAAZINU (DEUTERONOMY 32:1-32:52)

It is no coincidence that this week’s Torah Parsha (HAAZINU) is read on the Shabbat following the ‘Ten Days of Repentance’. Following Yom Kippur, when we are all experiencing a heightened spiritual sensitivity, we read Moses’ final speech to the ‘Children of Israel’. The greater part of Parsha (HAAZINU) is comprised of a seventy line […]