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Rabbi Dr. Dvir Ginsberg

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TOLDOT 5782

Deception

Yitzchak, in a sense, was no more blind at his old age then he was when he was younger.

Deception

A welcome tension - in Torah study

Two characteristics of Torah push and pull each other, fighting for dominance. Both are necessary to create the entity we call Torah.

A welcome tension - in Torah study

Breaking down a false self-image

To initiate the recognition of God, one must begin developing a more realistic view of the self. Pharaoh had to rethink his self-image.

Breaking down a false self-image

The wayward and rebellious son - today's version

The rebellious son does not adhere to the positive or negative mitzvas. What is driving him?

The wayward and rebellious son - today's version

Early indications

Moses admonishes the people in Dvarim, not for the serious sins of the spies and the golden calf, but for flaws rooted in ego. Op-ed.

Early indications

Mishpatim: The essence of Shabbat

Mishpatim: The essence of Shabbat

A man of justice

A man of justice

The blessing of Naftali: No mere cameo

The blessing of Naftali: No mere cameo

The new era of humankind

The new era of humankind

Having to or wanting to fast?

Having to or wanting to fast?

Rabbeinu Bechaye shows us the blueprint for success in the parasha

Rabbeinu Bechaye shows us the blueprint for success in the parasha

We cannot live without them

We cannot live without them

Mishpatim: Breaches in chronology

The Torah is not a history book, but one can learn from everything in it, even its order.

Mishpatim: Breaches in chronology

Yitro: What was it like at Sinai?

The commentators try to explain the experience of Sinai.

Yitro: What was it like at Sinai?

Vaera: Pharaoh’s last chance

Pharaoh acts against all reason.

Vaera: Pharaoh’s last chance

G-d of the Hebrews

Moses and Aaron talked theology with Pharaoh.

G-d of the Hebrews

Vayigash: Understanding your adversary

An analysis of Judah's leadership.

Vayigash: Understanding your adversary

A tale of two names

Why did Jacob call his son by a name different from the one given by his dying wife Rachel?

A tale of two names

Esau's Adieu

Was Esau somewhat delusional in marrying the daughter of Ishmael?

Esau's Adieu

Rebuke in the parsha and in our lives

Avraham admonishes Avimelech on two planes and gives us a lesson in personal relationships.

Rebuke in the parsha and in our lives

The Many Faces of Courage

We have seen those faces this week.

The Many Faces of Courage

Why Shmini Atzeret

Let us not let Simchat Torah overshadow this holiday.

Why Shmini Atzeret

Ki Tavo: The Milestone of Turning Forty

Disclaimer – this author turned forty this past summer, but you must believe he is being objective.

Ki Tavo: The Milestone of Turning Forty

Shoftim: The Quest for Security

A perfect example of idolatry.

Shoftim: The Quest for Security

Eichah- The Sodom Comparison

How was our fate worse than that of Sodom?

Eichah- The Sodom Comparison

Elijah and Moses: The Traits of Leadership

A leader may not necessarily have the right personality traits for the nation or for the individual. He may need to realize he is not the right person for the job.

Elijah and Moses: The Traits of Leadership

Chukat: Well-Deserved Praise

Two wells, several meanings.

Chukat: Well-Deserved Praise

A Kohen's View of Kehuna

Analysis of the distinct privileges and responsibilities of being a kohen.

A Kohen's View of Kehuna

Negotiations Done in Bad Faith

Abraham vs. Ephron the Hittite.

Negotiations Done in Bad Faith