Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, delves into Esau’s character. He suggests that we try to understand why Esau is represented as an undesirable person and how this negativity reflects on us as a society.
The significance of the dream has been debated and interpreted from many perspectives- from literal to mystical. Eitan Cooper, argues that perhaps the image of angels descending from heaven is a charge to create a better society for all.
Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson, shares a powerful message based on parasha Toldot. What is your truth and how does God help manifest it in the world? What happens when your support system seemingly does not allow your vision to be fully actualized?
Prof. Renée Levine Melammed, shares a story of a special woman, who was renowned for her exceptional intellect in an era when many women did not learn to read. This unknown matriarch, Sarah Rivka Leah Rachel Horowitz, combined an appreciation of women’s traditional roles while demonstrating that women had far more learning abilities than was usually recognized.
Question from Dr. Josh Greenfield, New York: In your article last May (Responsa in a Moment, Vol. 13, No. 4) you stressed the importance of studying Pirkei Avot as one of the most basic rabbinic texts. I have a follow-up question: According to many siddurim, Parashat Nitzavim (September 28, 2019) will be the last Shabbat to recite Pirkei Avot this year, and we should start reciting Barekhi Nafshi and Shirei Hama’alot (Psalms 104, 120-135) on Shabbat Bereishit (October 26, 2019). Are there specific customs for what to study on the three Shabbatot between now and then (Shabbat Shuvah-Vayeilech, Shabbat Ha’azinu, and Shabbat Hol Hamoed Sukkot)?
Rabbi Dr. Paul Shrell-Fox, discusses how we read this story today with our own cultural context. In today’s world, the role of women and the role of the patriarchy have changed. Not only that, but the minds of men and women have evolved along with their change in status.
Dr. David Frankel, discusses our forefather Abraham’s ability to stand up and to be different. How is Abraham, who forged his own unique path, a model of non-conformity for people today?
Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, points out that despite the general similarities between the story of Noah and the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh there is a major theological difference between the stories.
Many different artists try to sketch a portrait of Adam, God’s first human creation. What did Adam look like? Was he heavenly? Earthly? Listen as Dr. Tamar Kadari, Dean of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies explores a midrash from Genesis Rabbah.