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Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Parsha: VaYeishev

20 Kislev 5776 – December 2, 2015
Tamar initiates the process, opening Yehudah’s eyes to her essence; “clothes don’t make the (wo)man"

Wrestling with Our Enemy – Then and Now

18 Kislev 5776 – November 29, 2015
We face bitter adversaries who find glory in the act of randomly, mercilessly killing good people

A Matter Of Perspective

16 Kislev 5776 – November 27, 2015
The Mesilas Yesharim (Chapter 1) explains that our purpose in this world is to gain entry into the World to Come. The medium for that is Torah and mitzvos, for which one can only achieve reward in this world.

IS HIS NAME YA’AKOV, YISRAEL OR BOTH?

People have 1 name because it supposedly reflects identity. What if a person has a double identity?

Spiritual And Physical Challenges

We must re-focus our priorities & our communal resources from Jewish defense to Jewish spirituality

Parshas Vayishlach

15 Kislev 5776 – November 26, 2015
We’re the westernmost Jewish community on the planet (!) thus always “wrapping it up” for Klal Yisroel by making the last kiddush or havdalla, lighting the last Menorah, etc.

The Merit Of Eretz Yisrael

The answer to this question can best be understood with a perspective on capitalism.

Daf Yomi

The Burning Of Kever Yosef ‘Alongside Shechem’ (Sotah 32a)

Q & A: Tzedakah (Part XIX)

Question: When a stranger approaches a congregant in shul asking for tzedakah, should the congregant verify that the person’s need is genuine? Furthermore, what constitutes tzedakah? Is a donation to a synagogue, yeshiva, or hospital considered tzedakah? Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

True Strength

Jewish history is the story of exile. Jacob blazed the trail for the Jews in exile.

Down To Earth (Korban Minchat Choteh Vesotah)

When a person who has given in to his or her animal instincts wishes to bring a sacrifice to atone for such conduct, the sacrifice should be as basic and unadorned as the instincts to which he or she gave in.

Eras & Archers

Of course Hashem still cares for His people and can still perform miracles.

The Day I Missed My Stop

Although I did not know it yet, missing my stop was predestined.

Name Changing

In any event, how do we explain the fact that Hashem changed Avraham’s name entirely but merely added another name to Yaakov’s?

What Differentiates Us From the Barbarians

Celebrating acts of terror & praising the killers as “holy martyrs” can only emanate from barbarians

Jacob’s Justifiable Distress

“Jacob was very afraid and distressed.” His fear was physical-fear of death. His distress was moral.

Details & Foundations

14 Kislev 5776 – November 25, 2015
By making two lists-Details & Foundations-you will find your Thanks will become an act of Giving.

Aleph Beta: Vayishlach: Difficult Conversations‏

Join us as we consider the story of the Rape of Dina with the respect and understanding it deserves.

Alaska

9 Kislev 5776 – November 20, 2015
I told her that I could teach him the brachos to make on the Torah, he could get an aliyah, and in addition, I would help him write a short dvar Torah from the parsha.

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