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 the Syriac Bible of Paris

Parashat Va’erah: Pharoah’s free will

To be a people with free will means to apply, in the loftiest sense, our uniqueness as humans created in the image of God.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
30/12/2021

Parashat Shemot: What happens in our souls

One way of understanding suffering is as a concealment of the good that would otherwise be present, since God’s goodness suffuses the world.

22/12/2021

Parashat Shemot: Choose life, at all costs

Miriam asked her father to return to his marriage, to allow for babies to be born, despite everything. We found a similar phenomenon in the Holocaust.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
22/12/2021

Parashat Miketz: All things dark and bright

Judaism is not binary – it does not teach that there are forces of light and darkness that are wholly separate and distinct. Rather, there is an interdependence and an intertwining.

02/12/2021

Parashat Miketz: A story about fate

God presents us time and time again with the choice of acting correctly, with honesty and integrity, or acting immorally.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
02/12/2021

Parashat Vayeshev: Tamar, foremother of the Messiah

Why did Tamar not publicly defend herself? Why did Judah spare her? Why is the Messiah a descendant from such a union?

Parashat Vayeshev: Deeper love

Why did Jacob love Joseph?

26/11/2021
Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

Parashat Vayeshev: Beyond the physical body

“The deeds of the fathers are signs to the sons.” (Nachmanides on Genesis 12:6)

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
26/11/2021

Parashat Vayishlah: ‘I have everything!’

In an attempt to reconcile with Esau, Jacob sends him hundreds of sheep and cattle from his vast herds, a gift that got to Esau before their meeting.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
18/11/2021
Francesco Hayez

Parashat Vayishlah: Why didn’t Esau kill Jacob?

Instead of killing Jacob when they reunite, Esau falls on his neck and both weep. Why?

18/11/2021
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