Studying Torah Requires Searching the Scriptures

At the very center of the Torah are the words “Search, search!” The same words can be understood to mean, “Study, study!” Portion Summary Shemini is the twenty-sixth reading from the Torah and third reading from the book of Leviticus. The word shemini (שמיני) means "eighth," and it comes from the first words of Exodus 9:1, which says, … Continue reading Studying Torah Requires Searching the Scriptures

The Complainer and the Atheist

SHELACH Portion Summary The thirty-seventh reading from the Torah is called Shelach(שלח), an imperative verb that means "send out." The portion is so named from the first few words of the second verse: "Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan" (Numbers 13:2). The Torah reading tells the tragic … Continue reading The Complainer and the Atheist

Jacob Meets Esau

Jacob knew he was walking into great danger as he returned to the land of Canaan. VAYISHLACH The eighth reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayishlach (וישלח), which means “and he sent.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in … Continue reading Jacob Meets Esau