Shalom, welcome back.  This week’s parshah is the confrontation between good and evil.  Yakov (Jacob) is the embodiment of emet (truth) and tiferet (beauty or splendor).  He is confronted by his twin brother Eisav, coming with 400 warriors to kill him.  Yakov is returning from exile to Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel).  He left a poor man, Eisav’s son Eliphaz took all of Yakov’s money, instead of killing him.  He now returns with two wives, two handmaids, eleven sons and a vast amount of flocks, herds, cattle, gold and silver.  His wife Rachel is pregant with Binyamin (Benjamin), and he may lose everything to Eisav. After crossing his family and all his possesions over the river Yabbok, Yakov is attacked by the guardian angel of Eisav.  This is no ordinary angel.  It is the Yaitzer Harah (Evil Inclination), whose other jobs include being the…

Shalom, this is the very first Sweet and Good Torah.  We want to offer some sweet and good words of Torah filled with ruchniyot (spiritual), to go with our delicious food which is the gasmiyut (physical).  It is a great parsha (portion of Torah) for me to begin, because 42 years ago I was born on this parsha of Vayeira, which means “and He appeared.”  This refers to Hashem (the infinite Creator of all Heaven and Earth) appearing to Avraham Aveinu (Abraham our father) in Alonei Mamre in Eretz Yisrael ( the Land of Israel) on the third day after his circumcision at the age of ninety-nine. One aspect of the Parsha is the birth of the Jewish people, and every part of the creation of this new nation is miraculous and on a supernatural scale.  Avraham began a nation by teaching that there…