Torah Commentary Archive

Commentary on Parashat Va-y’chi

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years; he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt. ~ Genesis 50: 26 The story of Joseph is a dramatic one. It was the basis of Thomas Mann’s acclaimed four-part novel, Joseph and His Brothers and of the …

Commentary on Parashat Vayeitzei

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis “When Rachel saw that she had borne Jacob no children, she became envious of her sister, and Rachel said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die.” Genesis 30:1 Sibling rivalry seems to have existed literally from the beginning of history, starting with Cain and Abel. From the start, …

Commentary on Parashat Vayeira

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis “And Sarah laughed to herself, saying ‘Now that I am withered, am I to have enjoyment — with my husband so old?’ Then the lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I in truth bear a child, old as I am? Is anything too wondrous for the …

Commentary on Parashat Eikev

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis “And if you do pobey these rules and observe them faithfully, the Lord will maintain for you the gracious covenant that He made on oath with your fathers.” Deuteronomy 7:12 We have seen the word, “Eikev” or, “heel” for which this parashah is named before in the Torah. Its Hebrew …