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– Dr. Allen Mawhinney, A Retired Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary

Longing For Light: Christmas And Hanukkah (1)

  As Christmas and Hanukkah both draw near, I would like to take some time to contemplate these two winter festivals. We all know that neither of them is in Leviticus 23…

New Testament Reflections: Vayishlach

In the previous Torah Portion, we saw Jacob fleeing from the wrath of his brother. Now we see him returning to the Land – but in order to secure the future, Jacob…

New Testament Reflections: Vayetze

The Ladder between the Heaven and Earth Close to the beginning of today’s Torah Portion, we find the famous dream of Jacob in Bethel. You may remember that Jacob was running from…

New Testament Reflections: Toledot

New and Old “And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham begot Isaac” (VaEile toledot Izhak) – this is the beginning of our Torah Portion today, and this beginning should…

New Testament Reflections: Chayei-sarah

Why did Sarah die? Right after Aqedat Itzhak, in chapter 23 of Genesis, a new Torah Portion begins:  Chayei-Sarah. Despite the title: “Chayei-Sarah” means “Sarah’s life,” Sarah dies in this portion; moreover,…