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Browse Torah Articles: Sefer Beresheet

There are 12 parshiyot in Sefer Beresheet

Parashat Beresheet - פרשת בראשית - מאקאם ראשט

146 verses, with Haftara: Yeshayahou 42: 5-21
Contains 1 Misvot: 1 Misvot Aseh, and 0 Loh Taaseh

In the beginning, the torah describes the creation of everything. More cryptic pesouqim you will not find in the entire Torah. Many different commentators have tried to explain the events based on the bits of information given in the verse. Still, it is very difficult to fully understand maaseh beresheet, the actual creation. The parasha continues with the creation of man, and their subsequent expulsion from Gan Eden. The parasha ends with the divine decision to erase mankind from the earth because of their evil ways. This sets us perfectly into parashat Noah.
  1. Ki Tob - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  2. Names of the Months - Contributed by: Rabbi Haim Shaul
  3. The Meorot - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  4. What the Nahash Wanted - Contributed by: R. Eric Mizrahi
Parashat Noah - פרשת נח - מאקאם שיגא

153 verses, with Haftara: Yeshayah 54: 1-10
Contains 0 Misvot: 0 Misvot Aseh, and 0 Loh Taaseh

This parasha reads of a terrible deluge that encompassed the earth, killing all living things, as retribution for years of sinning. The only people to survive, survived on a Tebah, or Ark, that was built by Noah, a righteoues man during this tumultuous time in our history.
  1. Eleh Tolidot Noah, Noah. - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  2. Abraham & Noah
  3. Hamas - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  4. Deceit & The Generation of the Great Flood - Contributed by: Rabbi Haim Shaul
  5. Noah: The Man - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
Parashat Lech-Lecha - פרשת לך לך - מאקאם צבא

126 verses, with Haftara: Yeshaya 40:27-41:16
Contains 2 Misvot: 1 Misvot Aseh, and 1 Loh Taaseh

  1. Going to Israel - Contributed by: Rabbi Mordechai Katz
  2. Maaseh Abot - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  3. The Subtleties - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  4. One Person - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
Parashat Vayera - פרשת וירא - מאקאם ראהוו או נאווה

147 verses, with Haftara: Kings 2: 4:1-4:37
Contains 0 Misvot: 0 Misvot Aseh, and 0 Loh Taaseh

Vayera begins with three of Hashem's messengers visiting an ailing Abraham. Each had a unique mission: one had the task of healing Abraham and saving Lot from Sodom, one had the task of informing Sarah about the birth of a son, one had the task to destroy Sodom. As the parasha develops, each of these tasks are fulfilled. Abraham is healed from his circumcision, Lot is saved from Sodom with his family, Sarah is told about Yisshaq, and Sodom is destroyed, despite Abraham’s vehement prayers to prevent the catastrophe. This parasha ends with the greatest of all tests that Abraham had to endure, the sacrificing of his only son, in Aqedat Yisshaq.
  1. Ten Tests - Contributed by: Rabbi Mordechai Katz
  2. Torah Negotiations - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  3. Laughing Out Loud - Contributed by: Rabbi Haim Shaul
  4. Hashem Appeared to him - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  5. Parent and Child: Aqedat Yisshaq - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  6. Shem VeEver vs. Abraham - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  7. Fear and Love Hashem - Contributed by: R. Eric Mizrahi
Parashat Haye Sarah - פרשת חיי ש רה - מאקאם חגאז

105 verses, with Haftara: Kings 1: 1-31
Contains 0 Misvot: 0 Misvot Aseh, and 0 Loh Taaseh

Haye Sarah, the life of Sarah, is the name of this parasha wherein the first few pesuqim we are told of her passing. He speaks to the children of Het and to Ephron in order to purchase the Cave of Makhpelah. Abraham then moves on to look for a wife for his son, Yisshaq. He sends Eliezer, his most trusted servant to find her, with specific instructions not to take from the daughters of the Canaanites. Abraham suggests to Eliezer to go to his homeland; to his kind. Eliezer seeks HaShems guidance in his mission stating that the kindness of Heavenly aid is for Abrahams sake. He asks that the maiden to whom he shall say Please tip over your jug so I may drink, and who replies, Drink, and I will even water your camels, she is the one for Yisshaq. HaShem listens to Eliezers prayers and sends the maiden meant for Yisshaq to the well. Eliezer approached Rivqa and asked for water and Rivqa acquiesces and also offers to draw water for the camels. Rivqa passes her test and Eliezer requests permission from Rivqa and her family to take her to marry Yisshaq. Yisshaq and Rivqa get married and ultimately Yisshaq is consoled from his mothers passing. Abraham remarries a woman named Qetura and they have children. Abraham gives gifts to all his offspring and passes on. Together, Yisshaq and Ishmael bury him in the Cave of Makhpelah. The parasha ends with Ishmaels genealogy and his passing.
  1. Sarah's Age
  2. Lispod Le'Sarah Vi'Livkotah
  3. Stranger or Citizen - Contributed by: Rabbi Haim Shaul
  4. The Order of Mourning - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  5. Bakol - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
Parashat Toledot - פרשת תולדות - מאקאם מאהור

106 verses, with Haftara: Malachi 1:1-2:7
Contains 0 Misvot: 0 Misvot Aseh, and 0 Loh Taaseh

Parasha Toledot opens with the verse, These are the offspring of Yisshaq son of Abraham. Yet the Torah tells the story of their birth. From the onset, Rivqa was concerned about the children in her womb. She sought the counsel of Shem and Eber to learn that she was pregnant with twins who will each build their own nation. The twins Esav and Yaaqov emerged. They had two different appearances and personalities. Yisshaq appreciated Esavs smooth talking abilities and Rivqa loved Yaaqovs wholesomeness and saw his potential. In a rash action by Esav, he sold his firstborn rights to Yaaqov for a mere portion of soup. Esav later married two Hittite women who were not favorable to his parents. In his old age, Yisshaq wanted to bless Esav, believing he was still the first born. Upon hearing this, Rivqa intervened and had Yaacov enter his fathers tent under the guise that he was Esav, in order to get the blessing. The ruse worked, and when Esav arrived, only to find that his father already gave the blessing, he was enraged and sought revenge against his brother. Once again, Rivqa intervened and told Yaaqov to go to her brother Lavan in Padan Aram, and told Yisshaq that she is disgusted with the daughters of Het and she does not want Yaaqov to marry them. Yisshaq called Yaaqov and blessed him, telling him to go to his mothers brother, Lavan. When Esav saw the distaste of Canaanite women in his fathers eyes, he decided to marry Ishmaels daughter in addition to his other wives.
  1. The Blessings of Yaacob & Esav
  2. Eternal Love - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  3. We all Make Mistakes - Contributed by: Rabbi Haim Shaul
  4. The First Verse
  5. Sayid BeFeev
  6. Who You Are - Contributed by: R. Eric Mizrahi
  7. ציד בפיו - Contributed by: R. Eric Mizrahi
Parashat Vayese - פרשת ויצא - מאקאם עגם

148 verses, with Haftara: Hosheah 11:7-12:14
Contains 0 Misvot: 0 Misvot Aseh, and 0 Loh Taaseh

We begin the parasha with Yaacov's famous dream. We follow Yaacov as he pursues his destiny to produce the twelve tribes of Yisrael. In his travels, he reaches the house of Laban, his uncle, and marries over the course of twenty years Rahel and Leah, two sisters, and their maidservants. This parasha contains the birth of all of Yaacov's children, except for Binyamin. The parasha ends with Yaacov leaving Laban, but ultimately making a pact of peace with him.
  1. Its the Power of Prayer - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  2. Learning Torah - Contributed by: Ezra E. Mizrahi
  3. Truth vs. Sheqer - Contributed by: Rabbi Haim Shaul
Parashat Vayishlah - פרשת וישלח - מאקאם צבא או שיגא

154 verses, with Haftara: Ovadya 1:1-21
Contains 1 Misvot: 0 Misvot Aseh, and 1 Loh Taaseh

The stage is set in the prior parshiyot for an epic battle between brothers, between Yaacov and Esav. In the beginning of the paraha we find Yaacov preparing in various ways for battle, ultimately able to circumvent fighting Esav and his men. Later in the parasha we read of Dinah and her abduction by Shechem, and the reaction of her brothers, Shimon and Levi.
There is one Missvah Loh Taaseh in this parasha, to not eat the Geed Hanasheh.
  1. Camp of Angels - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  2. Where was Dinah? - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
Parashat Vayesheb - פרשת וישב - מאקאם ראהוו או נהוונד
  1. Inward & Outward Judaism - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  2. Kivoud Av - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  3. Yaakov Settled - Contributed by: Rabbi Haim Shaul
Parashat Mikes - פרשת מקץ - מאקאם שיגא

146 verses, with Haftara: Kings I: 3:15 - 4:1
Contains 0 Misvot: 0 Misvot Aseh, and 0 Loh Taaseh

The parasha begins with a dream of the Pharaoh of Egypt, and the inability of the Egyptian scholars to correctly decipher the dream to Pharaoh’s liking. Yosef is summoned from prison, and after successfully interpreting the dream, he succeeds in manipulating Pharaoh to appoint him as overseer of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh himself. From a lowly slave, Yosef rises to rule Egypt in a miraculous turnaround. All of these details prelude to the emotional element in the parasha, as Yosef reunites with his estranged brothers. Yosef uses his cunning ability to cause strife between the brothers, and ultimately pulls his brothers into a final showdown in parashat Vayigash.
  1. Yosef Gives Advice
  2. Safenat-Paaneah - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
Parashat Vayigash - פרשת ויגש - מאקאם ביאת
  1. Footsteps of Torah - Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
  2. Two Prophecies- One Event - Contributed by: Rabbi Haim Shaul
Parashat Vayhi - פרשת ויחי - מאקאם חגאז

85 verses, with Haftara: Kings I: 2:1-12
Contains 0 Misvot: 0 Misvot Aseh, and 0 Loh Taaseh

Vayhi is the final parasha in the book of Beresheet, and it is the final chapter in the life of Yaacov Avinou. As Yaacov falls ill, Yosef, leader of all of Egypt, rushes to his bedside one last time. Yosef brings forth his two children, Efrayim and Menashe. Yaacov proceeds to bestow a blessing on them, and adds that it is with their names that future generations will bless their children (“May Hashem place you like Efrayim & Mensahe”). Yaacov then turns towards all his sons, giving them words of blessing and rebuke. Upon his passing, Yaacov is brought back to Israel to be buried in Meaarat Hamachpelah, along side his wife, Leah.
  1. A Final Lesson from Yaacob
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