In this week’s parasha, when Yaakov blesses each of his sons, he does more than note their personal qualities – he foreshadows the regions...

In this, the final parsha of Bereshit, we see the formation of a people out of an extended family, melded from the twelve sons of Yaakov,...

Sirloin Fillet with Mushroroms We read in Vayigash that Yosef settled his brothers, breeders of cattle and sheep, in Goshen in the Nile Delta – far...

  In last week’s dvar Torah, we considered Yaakov’s sons as a business.  This week we will continue to watch the family evolve from a clan...

Mikeitz – Green Latkes I’m feeling a bit ‘cooked-out’ this week. It’s been a long week at work, and of...

As we have already established, the divisions of the parashot are relatively arbitrary, having been codified by the Babylonian community...

Hanukkah – 5773 It’s that time of year – the kids are home, the Hanukkiyah is lit, and you are frying away more food...

The word “to sit” – וישב – appears twice in this parasha.  The first words are:  Yaakov settled in the land of...

  Favoritism is by now a familiar theme in the family of Avraham.  In this parasha we are given a primary example of how and why it...

; When Yaakov sends his emissaries to Esau to announce his arrival, he and his family are on the move, but at a pace dictated by his...

Putting it on the table this Shabbat.