The Roots of a Midrash

  At the end of this week’s Torah portion, we are introduced to Avraham (Avram in the meantime). Unlike other prophets, not much is known about why he was chosen. Rashi and the Midrash fill in the blanks and tell us about the story of young Avram knocking...

Parshat Noach 5779

Rabbi Yisrael Cohn Director of Aliyah, Jerusalem Municipality Parshat Noach The episode of the Tower of Babel is a story of just 9 verses. The Torah tells us how the generation after the flood decided to build a tower that they hoped would reach heaven. The plan does...

The Challenges of Humanity from Genesis to the Present

Rabbi Shai Finkelstein Former Rosh Kollel in Memphis (2002-05) Currently Rabbi of Nitzanim Shul Source sheet #1 Source sheet #2 Source sheet #3 The Challenges of Humanity from Genesis to the Present #1 The Challenges of Humanity from Genesis to the Present...

Unified Technology Against God? – 5778

  Rav Eldad Zamir Former Shaliach (Cape Town 1997 -1998) Unified Technology Against God? This week’s parasha, parashat Noach, obviously tells the story of Noach and the flood. You all know that the animals came into the ark in pairs (pears), but do you know how the...

Noach’s Failure – 5777

Rabbi David Fine Former community Rabbi in Kansas City Founder and Dean of the Barkai Center for Practical Rabbinics located in Modiin   Noach’s Failure The Zohar writes that had the generation of the flood repented it would have been fitting for the Torah...