Bar-Ilan University's Parashat Hashavua Study Center

Sukkot 5767/ October 7, 2006

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,



New Year’s Greetings to the Weekly Torah Studies


 From the President of Bar Ilan University


With the coming of the New Year, I would like to extend my best wishes for a year of good health and enlightenment to the entire faculty of the University who gave of their wisdom and knowledge, contributing fascinating articles to the Weekly Torah Studies on the weekly readings and festivals.  I would like as well to extend greetings to the editors and translators of the Weekly Torah Studies and to its sponsors:  the Faculty of Jewish Studies, the Office of the Campus Rabbi, and the Computer Center (which circulates the Weekly Torah Studies on the internet and e-mail).

The Weekly Torah Studies of Bar Ilan University are a faithful representation of the special relationship between Torah and Science with which our institution is blessed.  The University’s scholars integrate Jewish heritage and values with their extensive knowledge of the humanities, social sciences, life sciences and exact sciences, putting an emphasis on new insights into the weekly Torah reading as they write articles which are both learned and scientific.

Last year Bar Ilan celebrated its 50th anniversary.  The importance of Bar Ilan to the State of Israel and to the entire Jewish people is greater today than ever before.  In times of polarization and dissidence, opposing views and differences of opinion, the University provides a rare example of cooperation, mutual respect and tolerance among all factions of the people.  Thus the University aspires to excellence and copes with academic and social challenges.

It is clear that the message we have to convey has been speaking to an ever- increasing number of Israelis.   Over the past decade Bar Ilan University has doubled both its student body and its physical area.   Tens of thousands of alumni are the best testimony to the success of our unique blending of religion and tradition, progress and science.  Many distinguished people have contributed to our impressive achievements over the course of our first fifty years –academic faculty and administration, students, board of trustees, as well as devoted friends and donors throughout the world.

It is my hope and prayer that during the coming year we shall continue bringing the glory of the Torah to ever broadening circles.


With best wishes for the New Year,

Prof. Moshe Kaveh