This week closes sefer Breishit; How did we come so far from the ideal nation set up by Abraham?
Even if we do not see Hashem’s Hand it is there; sometimes hashgachah pratis is undeniably obvious
It is a time of dark shadows but we can use these shadows to explore and discover our own light.
Did you ever wonder if Yosef and his brothers ever conclusively put their past friction to rest?
With short, metaphoric, speeches to his sons-wrongly called blessings-Yakov conveys his take on life
We cannot ask God to listen if we continue to shut our ears to Him.
When you accept Torah and mitzvos upon yourself as an obligation, you simultaneously invest yourself with the strength to carry out the obligation.
Yakov realized there was a Divine plan all along; God did not inflict suffering on him for no reason
"Jews" are the descendants of "Yehudah" whose comes from "Todah" meaning thanks. Jews give "THANKS"
Although the Torah requires the Get to be delivered in front of two witnesses, the Torah, according to the Rambam, does not require the witnesses to sign the Get.
Repulsive And Disgraceful ‘The Holy One…Does Not Cause Mishaps To The Righteous’ (Gittin 7a)
The snake didn’t have an intrinsic craving for Chava. Only after he looked did he start desiring her.
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)
Ramban says the Patriarchs were considered to be Jews, meaning they kept the Torah and all its Commandments, while living in the Land of Canaan.
Obviously, this wasn’t the first time Yaakov read Shema. He had accepted Hashem’s dominion on a daily basis for decades. But this was a new level of understanding he was only able to obtain through these powerful emotions.
"What is the problem, then?" asked Mrs. Rhein. "We can pay $5,000; the payment from the summer and what we owe for now."
Joseph reframed his entire past, now understanding himself charged with a life-saving mission by God
Some have pointed out that the Gemara says that priyah was not an obligation until Maamad Har Sinai.
It was only later in the day, during afternoon carpool, that things abruptly spun out of control. Literally.
I have often taught that whatever pain or challenge assails us, the parshah of the week will always guide and comfort us
In Parshat Vayigash, we witness Judah's epic monologue to Joseph change the course of history --
Perhaps the greater miracle of Chanukah was the Chashmonaim's envisioning a miraculous Jewish future