Monthly Archives: October 2017


Avram and the Universal El Elyon

In this week's parsha (Lech-Lcha), there is a strange story about a war in the Holy Land between local Kings, and Avram gets involved in the end. There is an even stranger scene at the end of this story when Malkitzedek, the Priest of Shalem comes out to welcome Avram, bringing bread and wine, and [...]

Going into the Ark

The Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the chasidic movement in the 18th century, wrote a lengthy treatise on prayer based on an innovative reading of one verse in this week’s parsha. When Gd instructs Noah in the beginning of Genesis 7, Gd tells Noah to “come into the ark.” The Hebrew word for ark, [...]