Rabbi Rachel Bearman and Rabbi Paul Kipnes

The Blessing of Dinah

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Rachel Bearman and Rabbi Paul Kipnes

December 7, 2018
In Parashat Va-y’chi, Jacob blesses his sons as he lies on his deathbed. We note the absence of any blessing for - or mention of - his daughter Dinah.

When Ben-Oni Becomes Benjamin: Rachel’s Midrashic Monologue

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Rachel Bearman and Rabbi Paul Kipnes

November 8, 2018
In Parashat Vayishlach, we read of the death of our matriarch, Rachel, who does not survive the birth of her second child, a boy whom she names Ben-oni. As she lay dying, the baby’s father, Jacob, renames him Benjamin (Gen. 35:16-18). The Torah does not tell us why this change is made. We imagine Rachel, in her final moments, whispering to her newborn: