Torah

Parashat Toldot: Jacob, a Dweller in Tents

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Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we will read and study the weekly Torah portion, “Parashat Toldot.” The Torah portions from Genesis are rich in information and details. There is much to learn from these portions, especially from this week’s. Today I want to focus on Jacob’s work ethic as well as a common question that arises in Jewish tradition, was he considered a yeshiva student? This question causes us to ask ourselves the following, how much quality-time are we spending with God and what is our top priority –…

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Parashat Chayei Sarah: Eliezer’s Impossible Test

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Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This week we will talk about the weekly Torah portion, Parashat Chayei Sarah. The main subject I want to talk about is the assignment that Abraham gives to Eliezer – to find a suitable wife for Isaac.  There is a winning combination here between Divine Providence and human wisdom. I want to focus on this. As an introduction to this teaching, I would like to emphasize that our world is very complicated, we are complicated people. God knows exactly what kind of world He has put…

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Torah Portion 11/4/17: Abraham’s Greatest Challenge

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Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. Parashat Vayera Shabbat Shalom, Parashat Vayera is a difficult passage that raises many questions, for example: When the angels visited Abraham, they ate food, in other places in the Bible and in Jewish tradition angels cannot eat. What made the angels who visited Abraham different? Why could they eat? Lot’s wife turns into a pillar of salt. Lot’s daughters rape their father and bear him children. Abraham claims before the king of Gerar that Sarah is his sister and not his wife, after making the same…

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Torah Portion 10/28/17: Abraham, the Man of Faith

Abraham, the Man of Faith

Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. Parashat Lech Lecha Shabbat Shalom, In this week’s Torah portion we find the famous verse: Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. – Genesis 15:6 [NIV] Abraham is mentioned several times in the New Testament as a symbol of man’s faith, in James 2, Romans 4, Hebrews 11, and elsewhere. Despite all these descriptions in the New Testament, the following verses show a response from Abraham that raises questions about his faith in God’s promise: He [God] also said to him…

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Torah Portion 10/21/17: Noah Was Not a Man of Words

Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. Parashat Noach (Noah) Our weekly Torah portion begins with the following: This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. – Genesis 6:9 [NKJV] And already from the first verse we have questions. A question of relativity: what is a just man, perfect in his generations? The accepted interpretation is that, according to his generation he was righteous. But if he was found to be in the generation of the righteous, such as Abraham or Moses,…

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