Deep into the Joseph story, we come to a moment that catches my breath and makes me tear up every year. Joseph, sold to slavery
Weekly Parsha Essays
Our story returns to tell us, “Now Jacob was settled in the land where his father had sojourned, the land of Canaan” (Gen. 37:1, JPS
2020 has been a year of unbelievable struggle. Between the devastating impact of Covid-19, the profound struggle for racial equality that erupted in nation-wide protests
Shmita is the seventh year, following six regular years — and numbers in the Torah are not incidental, but rather a channel for meaningful ideas.
While the language may be a product of recent decades, the dichotomy between an “abundance mentality” and a “lack mentality” is a core human experience.
In my twenties I bought my first apartment in London. My parents lent me £5,000 for the deposit, and I got a mortgage for the
Inherent in the concept of Shmita is an understanding that as much as we toil to shape the land, the land shapes us as well.
This week’s parashah, Lekh Lekha (Genesis 12:1-17:27) heralds the emergence of the Jewish people. The story is inaugurated by a call from God directing Abra[ha]m
“And there was evening, and there was morning” (Gen. 1). Nature has rhythms. “Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Summer and winter, Day and night…
The Torah commands us in the laws of Shmita for the first time in Shemot 23:11: “And six years you shall sow thy land, and