Portions Library

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

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Waiting for Salvation

We should not consider our wait for Messiah as a passive waiting, as if we were simply passing time at the bus stop while waiting for the bus to arrive. We ache for His coming and His appearing. Maimonides says that a person who does not believe in Messiah and await His coming denies the Torah.

Like Ephraim and Manasseh

In Jewish families, on Friday nights, while the family is gathering around the Sabbath table, the father lays his hands on his children and blesses them. To his sons he says, "May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh." To his daughters he says, "May God make you like Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah."

Preparing for Life After Death

Some cynics say that religion is a crutch for people who fear death. That may sometimes be the case, but it certainly does not apply to those who study Torah. The Torah does not say much about life after death. It's really not a book about how to go to heaven or what happens after we die.

Messiah's Donkey

As Jacob looked into the future to bless his sons regarding their tribal destinies, he was seeking the Messiah and the age of redemption, as he says, “For Your salvation [yeshua] I wait, O LORD” (Genesis 49:18). Though he poured...

The Lion

In his final blessings over his sons, Jacob compares his son Judah to a young lion and blesses him with rulership over the tribes (Genesis 49:8-12). Jacob compared the future victory and ascension of Judah to a lion resting after...