genesis

God is Suffering

A close read of four biblical verses offers a powerful insight into one of the most challenging questions religion has to answer.

How to Visit the Sick When You Can’t Visit the Sick

The biblical source of the commandment of bikkur cholim offers a clue.

Faith Took Abraham Far — Love Took Him Even Farther

The first Jew is widely regarded as a man of faith, but he was also a man of deep love.

Rebecca the Superheroine

Isaac's wife and Jacob's mother, the second matriarch survived a difficult pregnancy and engineered the future of the Jewish people.

How Jacob Healed His Family

Israel’s third patriarch was born into great dysfunction, but found ways to create the first cohesive family in the Bible.

Leah’s Improbable Optimism

The first wife of Jacob endured a loveless marriage, but her story is one of perseverance.

One Jew, Two Opinions

Did Rebecca have to do wrong in order to do right?

The Miracle in Sarah’s Tent

How the matriarchs' homes resembled and inspired the Temple.

Genesis and Human Stewardship of the Earth

As humans and Jews we have a responsibility to take care of the earth.

The Power of Language

How Noah and the Tower of Babel both revolve around the use and misuse of language.