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William S.J. Fraenkel

Articles by William S.J. Fraenkel

The Hidden Haftorah

The haftorah for Tazria is interesting beyond the fact that it is rarely read. In most years parashat Tazria is combined with the portion of

The Wellsprings of Strength

Esav’s duplicity and evil are not the only things making Parshat Toldot particularly relevant for our times. One aspect of the parsha that speaks to

Redundancy: Please Forgive

Please forgive me if I am being redundant by mentioning something you already know. The book of Yeshayahu frequently employs a literary style of repeating

In for a Penny…

The well-known explanation for parshat Mishpatim—following the revelation at Har Sinai—is so we learn that even seemingly secular laws were given on the mountain and

The Future Is Now

Parshat Toldot is very perplexing: How could Esau sell his birthright for a pot of lentil stew? How could Yitzhak be oblivious to Esau’s faults?