Rabbi Mirvis’ Archive

Rabbi Mirvis' Archive


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“Bring great joy to these loving companions as you gave joy to your creations in the Garden of Eden in times gone by”. (From the Sheva Berachot) Why are a bride and groom compared, while under the Chupa, to Adam and Eve in Paradise? The opening words of this sixth blessing of the Sheva Berachot […]

The commencement of today’s Sidra does not appear to make much sense.  We open with the words, “These are the generations of Noah”.  After other similar subject headings in the Torah, the names of descendants follow immediately.  But, not here.  Instead, the Torah goes on to tell us “Noah was a righteous man; he was […]

After instructing Abraham and Sarah to embark on their momentous pilgrimage (Lech Lecha) from Haran, Hashem promised seven significant blessings: I will make you into a great nation;   I will bless you; I will make your name great; you shall be a blessing; I will bless those who bless you; I will curse those who […]

In today’s Sidra we read how Hashem appeared to Abraham after his Brit. To this day we recall “the covenant of Abraham our father” at a Brit ceremony. The mohel, in his blessing, says “…al hamilah” (upon the performance of circumcision), while the father says “…lehachniso bivrito shel Avraham Avinu” (to bring the baby into […]