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By Rav Reuven Tradburks The sale of Yosef in Parshat Vayeshev is one of the most famous stories of the Torah.  Yaakov settles, finally, in the land of Israel.  Yosef is favored.  Yosef has 2 dreams.  Yaakov sends Yosef to inquire of his brother’s welfare.  The...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Yaakov’s challenges never seem to end.  He returns to the land of Israel.  He is fearful of a confrontation with Esav.   He prepares by dividing his entourage.  A man fights him through the night, changing his name to Israel from Yaakov at...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Our Parsha begins with Yaakov fleeing the land of Israel from Esav’s murderous intent and it concludes with his return to the land of Israel. He dreams as he leaves of a ladder reaching to Heaven with G-d promising that He will...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks This is the parsha of Yitzchak and Rivka’s life.  Rivka has twins, Esav and Yaakov.  Yaakov buys the birthright from Esav.  Yitzchak goes to Gerar in a famine, is told not to leave the land, digs the wells Avraham dug and renews...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Our Parsha is the transition from Avraham and Sarah to Yitzchak and Rivka; Sarah dies at the beginning of the parsha, Avraham toward the end.  Avraham buys Maarat Hamachpela where Sarah is buried.  Avraham directs his servant to travel to Avraham’s land...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks The Parsha introduces the Jewish people.  Avraham journeys to the Land of Israel, is promised the land, spends time in Egypt due to a famine, separates from Lot due to their great wealth, and rescues Lot when he is taken captive in...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Parshat Noach describes: the destruction of the world through the Flood, Noah and his family, the story of the Tower of Babel and the introduction of Avraham’s family. The first 2 parshiot in our Torah, Breishit and Noach, are essentially parallel creation stories,...

A mikvah is being built in Medellín, Colombia, to serve 50 families in the community who, for years, have had to travel several hours each time they needed to go to the mikvah. Currently the members of the community of Medellín spend the entire afternoon traveling...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks The last Parsha of the Torah covers less than a day – the first Parsha in the Torah spans 1000 years.  Parshat Breishit covers creation, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Cain’s murder of his brother Abel, and the generations concluding...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks   Haazinu is the second last Parsha in the Torah.  It is one chapter of 52 verses, making it one of the shortest in the Torah.   All but 8 verses consist of the song of Haazinu.  The song is written in the Torah in...