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Parsha Vayehi

Immortality doctrine by Rabbi M. Kripke When speaking about the Bible, particularly to Christians, one finds oneself regularly pointing out that in Judaism the doctrine of eternal life is not Biblical but rabbinic. Christians especially, but Jews too, are at first...

Parsha Vayigash

Israel and the Diaspora by Rabbi M. Kripke   If we were to look for some historical source of information on the relations between the land of Israel and the Jews of the Diaspora, we would not generally look at the Bible. Yet there is something of primary...

Parsha Vayeshev

Joseph the Viceroy by Rabbi M. Kripke By the time I was in high school, our class in Talmud Torah was sufficiently advanced so that our regular assignment for each Sunday was the preparation of the full Sidrah for the following week. We had just finished the four...

Parsha Vayishlah

A perennial religious problem by Rabbi M. Kripke When Jacob returns to Canaan after 20 years, he is immediately confronted with the problem of how to meet his brother Esau. Jacob had reason to fear the confrontation, particularly when his own advance men tell him that...

Parsha Vayetze

Every Man’s Ladder by Rabbi Myer Kripke Our Sidrah includes the famous story of Jacob and the ladder reaching into the heavens, with angels ascending and descending. Involved, of course, is the religious insistence that man can be in touch with God. The Midrash...

Parsha Toledot

Tangled relationships by Rabbi M. Kripke Our Sidrah gives us the news of the birth of twin sons to Isaac and Rebecca. For a number of chapters the narrative takes us through the tangled relationships between Esau and Jacob. The Esau-Jacob story affords us an entry...