Bar-Ilan University's Parashat Hashavua Study Center

Parashat Bereishit 5763/ October 5, 2002

Lectures on the weekly Torah reading by the faculty of Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. A project of the Faculty of Jewish Studies, Paul and Helene Shulman Basic Jewish Studies Center, and the Office of the Campus Rabbi. Published on the Internet under the sponsorship of Bar-Ilan University's International Center for Jewish Identity.
Prepared for Internet Publication by the Center for IT & IS Staff at Bar-Ilan University.
Inquiries and comments to: Dr. Isaac Gottlieb, Department of Bible,

Greetings from the President
Tishri 5763/October 2002

As we begin a new cycle of the Bar Ilan Daf Parashat Hashavua on the weekly Torah reading, I would like to thank all those involved in the project on a day-to-day basis: for the Hebrew version, the Jewish Studies Faculty, the office of the Campus Rabbi, and especially the Editor of the weekly studies Ms. Rachel Hacohen and the language editor Ms. Riva Rothman. For the English version on the web, the Editor Dr. Isaac Gottlieb from the Department of Bible and Ms. Rachel Rowen, translator. For both editions, the secretary of the editorial staff Ms. Michal Aloni, and Dr. Drorah Cohen, Dr. Shlomo Sela, and Mr. Baruch David Kaufman of the Center for IT & IS, who prepare and distribute the studies via internet and e-mail.

Likewise, I extend felicitations to all the members of the faculty who have contributed of their wisdom in these fascinating articles, giving faithful expression to the unique combination of Torah and science with which Bar Ilan University has been blessed.

The second volume of A Divinely Given Torah, a collection of studies on the weekly Torah reading (first volume in English: 1998) will appear shortly in English as well as Hebrew. This volume will be devoted to the Jewish festivals and holidays. I extend my warmest congratulations to the editor, Prof. Aryeh Frimer from the Department of Chemistry, and Rabbi Shelomo Pik of the Institute for Higher Torah Study, who edited the English edition.

May these books and weekly studies enrich many readers through their unique approach to the Torah, and therein may we find our reward.

With best wishes for the New Year,

Prof. Moshe Kaveh
President, Bar Ilan University