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What’s In A Name?

6 Kislev 5775 – November 27, 2014
The Jew, from the perspective of the name Yaakov, is dependent on the non-Jewish world. This can be seen today in the relationship between the State of Israel and the United States

The Guided Limousine

Yet, ultimately, looking back, these “setbacks” turned out to be really for the patient’s best – for the good.

Found Fifty

In the afternoon, he reached into his pocket to check for the money, but it was empty. "The $50 bill must have fallen out," Alex exclaimed. "It's got to be in one of the rooms I was just at."

Conversion To Judaism

Although the conversion ceremony involves more than circumcision and immersion, these are the two essential requirements, without which the conversion is ineffective.

Q & A: Arabs Circumcise At 13 (Part I)

Question: If Abraham was commanded to circumcise his descendants on the eighth day, why do Arabs – who claim to descend from Abraham through Yishmael – wait until their children are 13 to circumcise them? I am aware that this is a matter of little consequence to our people. Nevertheless, this inconsistency is one that piques my curiosity. M. Goldman (Via E-mail)

Reciting Shema Before Tefillah

Rashi in Shabbos 9b writes that the reason why the tefillah of Ma’ariv is a reshus is because it was instituted corresponding to the burning of the eimurim from the korbanos – which was performed at night.

I Need Needs

It almost sounds as if Hashem is saying, “I have to keep Yaakov from getting too comfortable; otherwise he will forget Me. I can’t promise him sustenance because then he won’t need Me. He won’t write. He won’t call. He won’t love Me anymore.”

Daf Yomi

The Decree Of 1587 “Two Kabs Of Dinars Were Given…To King Yanai” (Yevamos 61a)

When The “I” Is Silent

Simply too many cases of prayers being answered to deny it makes a difference to our fate. It does.

What Are We To Do? (Continued from last week)

Prayer is our language: Hakol kol Yaakov – the voice is the voice of Jacob – the voice of prayer.

Jacob Meets Rachel: Tears Of Joy, Sadness

Jacob cries, overcome by the knowledge that his great love for Rachel will end in unbearable pain.

Vayeitzei: Understanding Rachel’s World‏

There's a perfect mirror between Jacob running away from Esav to when he reunites with his brother.

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Vayetzeh

4 Kislev 5775 – November 26, 2014
Yitzhak called you Esav and you answered him, then he called you Yaakov and you also answered him!”

Integration Of Body And Soul

28 Heshvan 5775 – November 21, 2014
Yitzchak thought the Jewish people needed dual leadership: Eisav the physical; Yaakov the spiritual

Shabbos Mevorchim Kislev

According to the Sefer Yetzirah, the nature of the month of Kislev is sleep.

A Humbling Lesson (Part VI)

Though braggarts come across as conceited, their boasting often reflects a low sense of self-regard

The Eisav That Did Not Have To Be

Not every child can live up to our hopes or expectations, but every child is loved by Hashem.

Parshat Toldot

Leaders must always pay attention to the importance of timing.

The Farmer’s Blessing

While our leaders have been shepherds, the vast majority of the Children of Israel were farmers.

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