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

Torah Portion In Real Time: Miketz

TWO YEARS OF DAYS At the beginning of our Torah Portion we read: at the end of two full years Pharaoh dreamed.[1] There is a slight difference when read it in Hebrew:…

Torah Portion In Real Time: Vayeshev

JACOB “SAT” IN THE LAND The last part of the book of Genesis—Joseph’s saga—begins in our new Torah Portion. It opens with the word Vayeshev (hence the name of the Portion), usually…

Torah Portion In Real Time: Vayishlach

 THE CROOKED SHALL BE STRAIGHT Twenty years have passed since Jacob deceived his brother Esau and had to flee from his wrath. For twenty years, he had stayed outside the Land. The…

Torah Portion In Real Time: Vayetze

FIRST UP, THEN DOWN In our last Torah Portion, Isaac sent Jacob to Paddan-aram, to take a wife from there. We all know that it happened after the story of the “stolen…

Torah Portion In Real Time: Toldot

GODLY HUSBAND Our Torah Portion starts in Genesis 25. By the end of the previous chapter, Isaac and Rebecca   met,  and  we all  witnessed  this amazing transformation, how the story of faith…