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 Computer Center Staff at Bar-Ilan University . Inquiries and comments to: Dr. Isaac Gottlieb, Department of Bible, firstname.lastname@example.org
As the new year begins, I would like to extend best wishes for good health and inspiration to all the faculty and guest contributors to the Studies on the Weekly Torah Readings, who over the course of the past year gave of their wisdom, contributing fascinating articles to these Studies. I also wish to extend New Year’s greetings to the editors of the Studies and to its sponsors: The Faculty of Jewish Studies, Office of the Campus Rabbi, and the Computer Center (for posting the Studies on the internet and circulating them by e-mail).
The Studies on the Weekly Torah Readings truly reflect the unique integration of Torah and science with which Bar- Ilan University is blessed. The articles that appear are both learned and scientific, combining knowledge of Jewish heritage with the humanities, social sciences, life sciences and exact sciences, while putting an emphasis on new insights into the weekly Torah portion.
In the coming year Bar Ilan University will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. The University’s importance to the State of Israel and to the entire Jewish people is greater now than ever before. In an era of polarization and divisiveness, Bar- Ilan University presents a rare model of cooperation and mutual respect between religious and secular, while aspiring to excellence and to successfully meeting the academic and social challenges that lie ahead.
It is evident that our message has found a willing ear among ever-broadening circles of Israelis. In the last decade Bar- Ilan University doubled the size of its student body as well as its physical area, becoming the largest academic institution in Israel today. Our hundreds of thousands of graduates are the best proof of successful integration of religion and tradition with science and progress. Many have contributed to our accomplishments over the past fifty years – the academic faculty, the administrative staff, the students, the Board of Trustees, and numerous friends and donors throughout the world – and we hope to reflect this in our 50th Anniversary celebrations.
In the new year that has just begun, precisely in these times, we pray that every Jew may nurture in his or her heart three loves – love of one’s fellow creatures, love of the land of Israel, and love of the Torah – and that one love not be at the expense of another. We shall all endeavor to be more charitable and to protect the weak in our midst. May this year bring an end to all our troubles, may it be a year in which destructive plague no longer visits any of the Jewish people, and may it be the beginning of our redemption.
May you be inscribed in the Book of Life
Professor Moshe Kaveh