Portions Library

A collection of essays on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, adapted from Torah Club.

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Vezot Habracha

Simchat Torah

When Israel studies the Torah, the adversary accuses them, saying, "Though they have begun to study it, they will not finish it." On the day that they finish Deuteronomy, he says, "Though they have finished it, they will not study it again." To prove the adversary a liar, we begin reading Genesis as soon as we have finished Deuteronomy.

The Resurrection of Moses

When Moses blessed the tribe of Gad, he said, “He provided the first part for himself, for there the ruler’s portion was reserved; and he came with the leaders of the people; He executed the justice of the LORD, and...

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

We are quick to consult friends when we have trouble, but are we also quick to consult God? We find it easy to turn to the credit card when we have an unforeseen expense, but do we turn to our Father in heaven? We are quick to retaliate when we are wronged, but do we ever leave the matter in the hands of God?

The Book of Glory

Prior to the revelation through Moses, human beings might have deduced the existence of a creator, but our knowledge of that creator would be limited to inferences from observation. Moses introduced God to the world. The LORD disclosed Himself to His creation through Moses. When God revealed Himself to mankind through the revelation of His Torah, it was as if He declared, “Allow me to introduce myself. I’m God.”