Incarceration can be a tool of fear--not a place of rehabilitation.
Jacob views material possessions as essential and indispensable.
For Isaac, praying in nature was a crucial element of worshipping the Divine.
We no longer need there to be unchosen children.
Humanity's dominion over the earth must be for the sake of the Divine.
This week's portion calls for dialogue and accountability.
Two main social structures competed in ancient Israel. The people were united under the monarchy, which organized the state for administrative and taxation purposes. At the same time, the Israelites held fast to their tribal associations.
Following the death of Sara, Abraham purchases a burial plot and sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac.
The creation of humans and our variability expressed in Bereshit present us with endless choices and challenges for how to live our lives.
Five books of story, law, and poetry divided into 54 weekly portions.