Tagged with Weekly Parasha

Parashath Tol’doth Notes

Question: I never understood how Esau (without a V) could sell his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew. Why would he do that anyway? Come to think it, what was the birthright? Answer: As Isaac was a wealthy land owner, with many servants, cash, and flocks, it was a only matter of time before … Continue reading

Parsha Notes: Noah and Lech L’cha

In the genealogical lists from Adam to Abraham, most of the names are at least Hebrew in form, if not in meaning. They have recognizable, three-letter Hebrew roots and binyanim, except for Shem’s son Arpachshad, who has what is apparently a Persian name! *** From Wikipedia: Samuel ben Meir (Troyes, c. 1085 – c. 1158) after … Continue reading

Exposition of Genesis, Part 1

Exposition of Genesis, Part 1

Some ideas that are important for adults to keep in mind when they begin the new year’s Torah-reading cycle: The first chapter does not describe natural history, as per the tradition of Hazal (“creation in thought” as opposed to “creation in practice”), Rashi, Maimonides, Nahmanides and others, although the aforementioned Rishonim each had his own … Continue reading