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Letters and Numbers of Torah - Bereishit
Why is the very first letter of the Torah the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet? According to Rabbi Akiva, it hints to the special qualities of women as being the foundation for all human achievement.
The Unique Role of the Human Being
How we serve as G-d's partners by using the physical world around us to serve a higher purpose.
A Taste of Text—Bereishit
Women often seek love and connection. Men often seek respect and appreciation. Embedded within the Torah is advice on how to create a successful relationship.
Five on Five—Bereishit
Women are complaining to their husbands that they feel taken for granted. Men are complaining to their wives that they are constantly being criticized. The first passages of Genesis teach us how to overcome these common relationship problems.
What’s really hiding under the ugly face of darkness?
There’s only one way to transform the ugliest, nastiest, darkest gunk of this world: by letting it make you stronger. That’s when you’ve ripped off its mask . . .
Topics include: The Tree of Knowledge, the reincarnations of Cain and Abel and a hidden reference to Lilith.
How male and female beings were created, why they were last after the rest of creation, and how they resemble the Divine.
A Failed Experiment?
With the Great Flood the Almighty returned the world to its original state when "the spirit of God hovered above the waters". In analyzing a fascinating passage from the Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 5:1) that speaks of 'mute inhabitants' and 'intellectual in...
The Hebrew Vowel Signs
Why is the first vowel of the Torah a sh'va? Learn the inner meaning of its name, phonetic sound, and graphic design.
Parsha Noach
This commandment was addressed to both Adam and again to Noah and his offspring. More than just a repetition of a previous obligation, G-d reveals to Noah the extraordinary virtue of bearing many children. An analysis of Maimonides' treatment of the oblig...
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