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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...
Peru U’revu: The mitzvah to bear children
The first mitzvah in the Torah is to have children. This class examines details of this commandment and five levels of understanding.
Three Models for Living: Part 2
The first two Torah portions (B'reishis and Noach) represent two opposite models for life. The first begins happily but ends in turmoil, the second begins with difficulty but ends with success. The difference highlights the importance of hard work.
Reading Interpersonal Relationships: Part 1
Four paradigms for the archetypical marital relationship are expounded from a single Torah verse.
The Tree of Knowledge - What Really Happened?
Discover the mystical understanding and timeless significance behind the very first sin of man: eating from the Tree of Knowledge.
The book of Genesis relates that on the fourth day of creation G-d created the two luminaries; the great luminary, the sun, to shine by day, and the small luminary, the moon, to shine by night.
Torah is replete with references about the special connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel. Yet Rashi, the foremost commentator of Torah, sees it in the very first words of the book of Genesis: “In the beginning G-d created the heavens and t...
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