The Completely Newly Redesigned Pathways Vayechi
Dec27
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The Secret of the Redemption
Dec25

The Secret of the Redemption

“Jacob called for his sons and said, ’Come together’... ‘Gather together’” (Genesis 49:1-2). Jacob wanted to reveal the time of the Redemption to his children, but the Divine Presence left him (Rashi). It was the end of Jacob’s life and he had brought together all of his holy offspring, the twelve tribes. Jacob had accomplished [...]

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Pathways From Parshat Vayigash
Dec20

Pathways From Parshat Vayigash

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Distractions at the Door
Dec19

Distractions at the Door

Our minds are very powerful. Using our minds, we can relive moments long past, analyze the things that surround us, and dream about the future. At the same time, our tests and challenges are primarily psychological. That’s because our ability to choose between right and wrong is most influenced by what we’re thinking – or [...]

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Pathways From Parshat Mikeitz
Dec13

Pathways From Parshat Mikeitz

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Seeing the Light (Chanukah and Yosef)
Dec06

Seeing the Light (Chanukah and Yosef)

Perhaps the most dramatic story in the Torah concerns the fraternal jealousy and eventual betrayal of Joseph. It starts by Jacob showing favoritism towards Joseph. The brothers get a sense of this and begin to hate him. Then Joseph relates his dreams to his brothers, telling them how they all bowed down to him in [...]

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Pathways From Parshat Vayeishev
Dec06

Pathways From Parshat Vayeishev

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Pathways From Parshat Vayishlach
Nov30

Pathways From Parshat Vayishlach

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Battle Plan
Nov27

Battle Plan

Ever since Jacob had “stolen” the right of the firstborn and its inherent blessings, Esau waited ever so patiently for his father Isaac to pass away so that he could avenge Jacob’s deception. That moment had finally arrived and Esau planned to kill his brother Jacob. “Jacob became very frightened and it distressed him. So [...]

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Pathways From Parshat Vayeitzei
Nov22

Pathways From Parshat Vayeitzei

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This Way Up!
Nov22

This Way Up!

Rebbe Nachman used to say, “If God wanted to serve Himself, He wouldn’t have needed us!” God created this world specifically in order for us human beings to arouse ourselves and serve Him. But try as we may, our evil inclinations constantly get the better of us. Were it not for the Divine assistance that [...]

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Pathways From Parshat Toldot
Nov15

Pathways From Parshat Toldot

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The Blame Game
Nov15

The Blame Game

Being blessed with twins, I can testify to the unique relationship that they have with each other. Besides their physical similarities, they share a deep understanding and kinship. Our Patriarch Isaac also was blessed with his own set of twins, Jacob and Esau – however, these two were a world apart. “The first one (Esau) [...]

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Pathways From Parshat Chayei Sarah
Nov09
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A Fair Deal – Chayei Sarah
Nov07

A Fair Deal – Chayei Sarah

Sarah, our first matriarch, passes away at the age of 127. Abraham, her loving husband and life partner in spreading monotheism throughout the world, immediately throws himself into the task of finding the appropriate burial ground for his righteous wife. He sets his sights on the Cave of Machpelah, resting place of Adam and Eve [...]

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Pathways From Parshat Vayeira
Nov01

Pathways From Parshat Vayeira

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