Parashat Vayeishev: The Butler’s Dream Of Redemption

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “On the vine were three branches. As it was budding, its blossoms shot forth and its clusters ripened into grapes” (Bereishit 40:10). Rabbi Elazar HaModa’i...

Parashat Vayishlach: Conquest Vs. Possession

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute In this week’s parashah, Yaakov purchases the plot in Shechem where Yosef is later buried. “R’ Yudan bar Simon said: ‘This is one of the...
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TEAM Shabbos, December 22

Be aware. Be responsible. Be prepared. End-of-life arrangements may not be easy to talk about, but delaying the conversation sets the stage for serious problems—at a most difficult time. Join...

Parashat Vayeitzei: Ma’aser, A Symbol Of Permanence

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “If G-d remains with me … and of all that You give me, I will set aside a tithe for you.” (Bereishit 28:20–22) A Tenth...

Bloom: Parashat Toldot, Yitzchak’s Gevurah In Gerar

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “And the Philistines stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham, filling them with...

Toldos: The Book Or The Blade?

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman הקול קול יעקב והידים ידי עשו “The voice is the voice of Yaakov but the hands are the hands of Eisav.” —Bereishis 27:22 Who are we? Who were we?...

Bloom: Parashat Chayei Sarah, The Patriarch Who Never Left Israel

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “… but do not take my son back there.” (Bereishit 24:8) Our only patriarch who was born in the Land of Israel, never to leave,...

Chayei Sarah: Yiddishe Nachas

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman Once upon a time, a pious Jew was traveling through the countryside in Eastern Europe. He came to a shtetl where the local schochet (ritual slaughterer)...

Parashat Vayeira: The Overturning Of Sodom

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “And Hashem said, ‘Shall I conceal from Avraham what I am doing, now that Avraham is surely to become a great and mighty nation,...

Vayeira: The Boy Or the Bottle?

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman ותשלך את הילד תחת אחד השיחים —Bereishis 21:15 How we spend our money is usually a pretty good barometer of where our priorities lie. And it applies equally...

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