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  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Vayetzeh with Rabbi Joshua Hoffman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Our guest today is Rabbi Joshua Hoffman, of the Valley Beth Shalom congregation in Encino, CA. Rabbi Hoffman was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2003. He also received his M.A. in Education from the American Jewish University in 1999 and his B.A. in English...

  • Torah portion: Jacob, the imperfect and perfected patriarch

    1 week ago

    At the beginning of our parsha, we find Jacob utterly alone, en route to exile, without friends or family. He is a lonely immigrant en route to a foreign land. What produced this sordid state of affairs? 

    The answer is, of course, the cunning trickery that Jacob employed in order...

  • Torah portion: Dream a little dream

    November 25, 2014 | 9:21 am

    “Although I have hidden my face from Israel, I will communicate with him through dreams” (Bavli, Chagigah 5b).

    This week’s portion begins with Jacob’s famous dream: “He dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven, and behold the angels of...

  • Never alone

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    November 20, 2012 | 9:46 am

    In this week’s parasha, Yaakov flees for his life, departing from Beersheva back to Charan — back to the beginning. How optimistic it had been when Avraham came to Israel two generations earlier, abandoning Charan presumably forever (Genesis 11:32-12:6). Avraham “went, took and...