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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Toldot
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“What Was He Thinking?” Here it was, the sixth session of the class which was using the book of Genesis as a source for studying the nature of leadership. It was proving not to be the kind of class in which the teacher lectured and the students listened passively. Rather, it was more like a […]
Between Prophecy and Oracle
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Rachel, hitherto infertile, became pregnant. Suffering acute pain, “she went to inquire of the Lord” [vatelekh lidrosh et Hashem] (Bereishit 25:22). The explanation she received was that she was carrying twins who were contending in her womb. They were destined to do so long into the future: Two nations are in your womb, And two […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Chayei Sarah
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“Abraham the Negotiator, Sarah the Queen” Before I entered the classroom that evening, I already knew that Zalman would come prepared with some dazzling piece of scholarship. The regular reader of this column will remember that last week, the fourth session of the class I was leading using the book of Genesis to study leadership, […]