Megillas Esther includes a number of phrases borrowed from the Torah. One of them is particularly fascinating.
Almost but not quite the entire Torah portion concerns one topic: the building of the Tabernacle (the Mishkan). What is the other topic and why does it appear now?
Moses' name is not in this week's Torah portion. He's gone, but not forgotten.
A Jewish slave goes free after 6 years, unless he unwisely chooses to stay. If he does, his master bores a hole in his ear. Why, and what lesson can we learn?
Moses gets a new job in this week's Torah portion - and it's a surprising one.
What happened just before the sea split to allow the Israelites to walk across?
Why was Moses so angry when he left Pharoah's palace for the final time?
Why couldn’t Moses hit the water and ground to bring the first three plagues?
Moses returns to Egypt with what sounds like a wild story. But the Jewish people believe him. Why?
Jacob bestows his famous blessing on his grandchildren. But he uses an usual analogy. Why?
Judah's stirring speech to his brother Joseph still inspires us today.
Harry has a special dedication and an explanation of the gift that Jacob sent to the ruler of Egypt - his son, Joseph.
Joseph is only a teenager when he is sold as a slave. How was he able to develop enough strength of character to pass so many tests while still so young?
Jacob finally returns to Israel but then he waits 2 years before heading to his parents' home. Why did he delay?
While Abraham's messenger is looking for a wife for Isaac, Isaac is looking for a new wife for Abraham. But why did Isaac go himself instead of sending a messenger?
Why do we need to hear about the sons of Abraham's idol-worshipping brother?
In starting the Jewish people, Abraham used his belief in G-d as a stepping stone to a revolutionary philosophy.
It was bad enough that Eve sinned when she ate from the Tree of Knowledge. But why did she also give some of the fruit to her husband?
How do we increase our chances for a good judgment on Yom Kippur?
Why is it so important to,put a smile on your face when observing G-d's commandments?
Moses tells the Jews to remember how G-d tested them in the desert for 40 years by giving them manna. But what was the test?
Their sin took place thousands of years ago, but the story of the spies still haunts us.
Before the first personal injury attorneys opened their offices, what happened to people who killed others negligently?
There is more than meets the eye when we sit down to eat on Shabbat afternoon.
How can we live up to one of the most famous and important passages in the Torah?
Instead of leaders, Moses chooses "youths" to perform the sacrifices at the base of Mt Sinai. Why?