Analyzing the Gospels (by Xus Casal) January 2017

Parashat Shoftim – I See Men Like Trees

“Is perhaps the tree of the field a man, to go into the siege before you?” (Dt 20:19). “Ki haAdam Etz haShade labo miPaneikha beMatzor”   Rashi says this is a question; he interprets the word “Ki” as meaning: ‘perhaps’. However, this Hebrew particle indicates casual relations of all kinds. It can also be translated Read More

Analyzing the Gospels (by Xus Casal) January 2017

Parashat Lekh Lekha – The Blessing and the Plants

“And Terah took Avram… and Lot… and Sarai… and they went forth with them from Ur Casdim to go to the land of Canaan” (Gn 11:31). Kasdim is the Hebrew name for the Chaldeans. What is Ur Kasdim? It can also be read as: “Ohr K’Shedim” – A Light that is like the one of Read More

Analyzing the Gospels (by Xus Casal) January 2017

Parashat Toldot – The Two Snakes and Messiah

“There were two boys in her womb. The first to come out was completely red, and clothed in hair; so he was called Esav. After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esav’s heel; so he was named Yakov” (Gn 25:24-26).   Esav is clothed in Hair (heb. Sa’ir – שער); which means Read More

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Parashat Bereshit – The Two Souls and Messiah

“And HaShem God formed the human from the soil of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the human became a living being” (Gn 2:7). “vaYitzer Adonai Elokim et haAdam efer min haAdama, vayipakh beApiv Nishmat Hayim, vayhi haAdam L’Nefesh Haya” – The human being became a “Living being” / Read More