Lech Lecha 5776-2015

“What’s in a Name?—a Change of Destiny”

A change of name in Jewish tradition often means a change in destiny, and in certain instances, a dramatic transformation in the history of humankind.

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Kee Teitzei 5775-2015

“When a Brother Dies Childless”

In parashat Kee Teitzei we learn of the law of the levirate marriage, requiring the surviving brother to betroth his brother’s widow. The laws of terminating that obligation are also taught.

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Vayeishev 5771-2010

"Tamar: The Paradigm of an Heroic Woman”

Two women play key roles in parashat Vayeishev. One of them, Tamar, emerges as a paradigm of an heroic woman and goes on to impact profoundly on the destiny of the people of Israel.

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