Category Archives: Tribes of Israel

Rosh Chodesh Nisan

Rosh Chodesh Nissan will be arriving this Saturday.  Nisan’s astrological sign is the lamb.  For the Egyptians this symbol was wealth and power.   For the Jews, this sign was what they would sacrifice for G-d.  All our possessions can be … Continue reading

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Rosh Chodesh – New Month in Judaism

Today is Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of a new Jewish month. We Jews count our months by the moon – we have the lunar year.  Secular society goes by the sun – solar year.  We are compared to the moon … Continue reading

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Parshas Vayaishav – the sad story of brothers selling one of their own down the pike

At this point in the narrative of our holy forefathers’ lives, Yosef  was 17.  We are taught he brought bad reports about his brothers to his father.  He thought his brothers were doing a few things wrong and would tattle … Continue reading

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Just really a lead in to get you to Rabbi Tatz’s Shiur…

After the mistake with the rock and the stick, Moshe and Aharon find out they’re not going into the Promised Land.  Yet, we find a fascinating thing happening right after that.  Moshe should now want nothing further to do with … Continue reading

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Dealing with Reality of Exile

And Yaakov went out…  This week’s Torah portion starts off with Yaakov’s journey to Charan.  This is a journey he is taking after a brief hiatus learning Torah with Shem and Ever. Before running toward his destiny of marriage, Yaakov … Continue reading

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Yahrtzeit of Mother Rachel

In Beit Lechem there is a structure, stones put together in the wild to mark the burial place of a giant of a woman, our mother Rachel.  Yaakov, her husband, had to bury her here, as she died during his … Continue reading

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More Genealogy Insights with Genendel Liba

Anyone with the name of Genendel Liba is related to me.  That woman was quite a trooper.  Lost a couple of husbands and kept remarrying.  Had more last names than I can keep track of — I know of the Hammer … Continue reading

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