Vayetze – Jacob’s vow: Opting into God’s plan

At the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Vayetze, we find Jacob on the run. He left home in the wake of the events surrounding his acquisition of his father’s blessings. Jacob’s brother Esau vowed to kill Jacob after the death of their father Isaac. At their mother Rebekah’s behest, Jacob left home for the […]

Toldot: Esau’s Exhaustion

“Once when Yaakov was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the open, famished. And Esau said to Yaakov, “Give me some of that red stuff to gulp down, for I am famished”—which is why he was named Edom. Yaakov said, “First sell me your birthright.” And Esau said, “I am at the point of […]

Filling in the Wells of My Father

A short story describing a Jewish farmer struggles to make the desert bloom in the face of Arab hatred and European anti-Semitism in the guise of political activism.

The Ibrahim Accords Come to Hebron

A short story based on the weekly Torah portion tells of Avraham, an old Yemenite Jew, who comes to pray at the Cave of the Patriarchs. He meets a group of Emirati businessmen who have come to the holy site for the very same reason. A product of political progress, the men discover that the Abraham Accords are bringing a prophetic reality that emanates from the ancient cave.

“Israel Returns” Brings Newly Discovered Polish Jews To The Holy Land

I will be as the dew unto Israel; he shall blossom as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. (Hosea 14:6) Israel Returns, an organization that aims to strengthen the connection between descendants of Jews and the State of Israel and the Jewish people recently brought sixteen young Polish Jews, many of whom […]