A wild man, whose hand will be on all and all hands will be on him.
Abraham married Sarah’s servant, Hagar, and together they birthed a son. Abraham loved Ishmael but he did not perpetuate the divine ways of his father. Ishmael was sent from the home, a nomad in the deserts east of Israel. Abraham bequeathed the lands east of the Jordan all the way to the mountains of modern-day Pakistan and the borders of India to Ishmael and his multitude of offspring. Thus begins the tensions of the Middle East we know today, rippling throughout the world.
Bamidbar/Shavuot: After 3333 Years How Far Are We From Sinai?
Israel is under attack, yet again. As we stand in proximity of Shavuot, when we relive the revelation at Sinai, this may be the best time to demand accountability of the Arab/Muslim world for their actions, and to call the rest of the world to demand a response.Read More
Ishmael and Isaac: A Timeless Family Feud
In this week’s Torah Portion, Vayeira, we discuss the two sons of Abraham – Ishmael and Isaac and their historic sibling rivalry; a fundamental dispute that continues to this very day.Read More
An Open Letter to the Muslim World
With atrocities being perpetrated by Muslims in the name of Allah — mass beheadings, rapes and murders of women and children, the killings of thousands of innocent people — why do we not hear any voice of protest from any of you?Read More
The Plot Thickens – Jacob & Esau: Two Nations
We now have before us Abraham, father of all nations, Ishmael father of the Arab/Muslim world, Esau, father of the Roman/Christian/Western world and Jacob, father of the Jewish world.Read More
Chayei Sarah: Ishmael – How Does it End?
It was Sarah’s banishing Ishmael that ultimately caused him to return to the right path.Read More
Vayeira: How to Treat Infidels
The evolution of religion and all its manifestations and distortions can be traced back to Abraham’s passionate faith and what he taught his children, and what they did or did not do with these teachings.Read More
Passover: Our Calling
Rabbi Jacobson responds to a challenging letter which poses the question: How do we respond to the ‘clash of civilizations’ in the Middle East today?Read More
The Return of Hagar
Dealing with the “Hagars” and “Ishmaels” in our lives—the raw and unruly elements in our nature, society and environment.Read More
The Return of Hagar
Three years after Sarah’s death, Abraham remarries Hagar. Learn the significance of the return of Hagar, spiritually and as an historical event.Read More
Vaeira: Why is Paris Burning?
Inside “secrets” provide perspective to current events in France — and the world — illuminating for us: why is Paris burning? Why is France, of all places, at the forefront of today’s upheavals?Read More