Monthly Archive: November 2014

Vayetze – Life Outside the Circle

Our sages teach us that the actions of the ancestors are omens for their descendants. We like to attribute many qualities to those developed by our ancestors. The kindness of Abraham, the devotion of...

Toldot – Of Voice and Hands

The twins are born with Esau having an immediate advantage of both being the first to be born as well as being more developed physically. Jacob, patiently biding his time, eventually secures one of...

Guest Post – Lot’s Wife

Lot’s Wife (his wife) Graham Hesselberg Vayeira:  This week’s portion is alive with family dynamics, marital relationships, parent-child connections and sibling interaction.  It is a rattling good account of the beginnings of our heritage....

Vayera – Lot did it first

The story of Lot’s encounter with the two angels in this week’s reading is a curious one. In our minds we tend to perceive Lot as an outsider, related to Abraham but not part...

Paul Seideman essay competition

The Paul Seideman essay competition is a great opportunity for all Year 10 and 11 students in New Zealand to show off their essay writing skills and broaden their understanding of the relevance of...