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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, May 23, 2017


This week’s Torah portion. A simple reading of the three verses leaves more questions than answers. So we looked at Rashi at that left us with even more questions.

“And these are the generations of Isaac the son of Abraham; Abraham begot Isaac.” Do we learn anything from this verse that we didn’t know before? We spent an entire portion two weeks learning of the birth of Isaac and last week’s portion focused on finding Isaac a wife. All of us know that Isaac is Abraham’s son, so why tell us again and repeat it? Rashi suggests that because the scorners of the generation were saying that Sarah had conceived from Abimelech, Hashem shaped the features of Isaac’s face to resemble Abraham’s, and everyone attested that Abraham was in fact the father

We read each day in the Shema, “You shall love Hashem your G-d with all your heart – Levavchem” . The word should read Levchem – your heart. The Talmud asks why the double language of Levavchem and explains to us that loving Hashem with one’s whole heart means serving Him with both our yetzer hatov – our good inclination and with our yetzer hara – our evil inclination. The Gaon Rabbenu Eliyahu from Vilna explains that the righteous use even their physical desires only to serve Hashem

Dear Rabbi: “If the Nachash – the snake – was the embodiment of Satan (or the vehicle upon which Satan rode) was allowed into the Garden of Eden with all his trickery and temptations, wasn’t man meant to fail and how can Adam be blamed? If the Satan was allowed to provide the fertilizer for Noah’s vineyard which led to Noah’s downfall after he became drunk, was any other outcome possible? If Satan represents evil, why does Hashem give him free reign?” 

I believe there are a number of ways of

This week’s parsha imparts to us lessons for life - how we should conduct ourselves in our daily affairs and in our relationships.

Interestingly enough, these teachings are not imparted as commands, but rather through example, for in the end, that is the best way to teach proper conduct (i.e.; If your children hear you say “Thank you” and “Please”, they too will say “Thank you” and “Please”, etc.). I will mention just a few of the teachings that are highlighted in this parsha which shape our

The Talmud says that Noach was also included in the decree of destruction and would have drowned in the Great Flood with the rest of his generation had he not found chayn—favor—in the eyes of God (Sanhedrin 108a). The question is, if Noach had chayn from the beginning, as his name, the mirror image of chayn, seems to imply, and the Torah’s account of his life seems to say, then why was he ever included the decree of mass destruction of mankind?

It’s a good question, but the more important one at