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Miketz: Why Didn’t Joseph Write Home?

This new perspective helps us understand Joseph.

FATE, DESTINY, AND FREE WILL

Imagine that the book of your life has already been written – and that you’ve read the chapter headings. How would your life be different? This issue is addressed by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series. Not surprisingly, Rowling was preceded by the Torah

Asking For Advice

If Yosef was so brilliant, how is it possible he overlooked something as elementary as thinking about what his conduct would lead to?

Without Intimidation

On Parshat Vayeishev with a nod to Chanukah.

Celebrating The Non-Celebrated

There are many who celebrate the wise, the heroes, and the mystics, and they forget that we must also celebrate the typically non-celebrated, the people who keep the spirit alive, the very spirit that nurtures the more celebrated.

Redeeming Relevance: Vayeshev: Yosef’s Field of Dreams

Yosef’s struggle with his brothers was ideological, whether we are to influence the world by example from the private and safe existence of our tent (the brothers), or whether take more risks by going outside and being heavily involved with the rest of civilization (Yosef)

On Guard

Yaakov was the epitome of a shomer.

The Merit Of Eretz Yisrael

While his only motivation may have been to earn a living for himself, he is providing a substantial gain to those he does business with. In this scenario, $850,000 of his efforts are going to vendors, suppliers, and employees. An

Shabbos Protection

In the very beginning of his introduction, the author writes that it is crucial for a person to trust in Hashem because if he doesn’t, then Hashem will remove His direct and special providential care.

Talmudic Risk-Diversification

The Torah tells stories of people who heard the voice of God and risked it all, However, for those of us who have not heard the voice of God, our sages suggest a more nuanced approach to risk.

Trust-but Verify

Esau handled the meeting with Jacob far more grace than most people manage an argument with a spouse. Not bad behavior for a person we are taught is one of the most evil biblical characters!

A Pre-Modern Joke about Post-Modernism

Human interpretation of G-d’s work is always reaching beyond ourselves, and we should be suspicious of any theory that successfully explains everything in Torah – more likely we are imposing our own vision on the text.

Learning From Lavan

Where there's a will, there's a way.

I Need Needs

At times it almost seems as if Hashem is deliberately sabotaging our well-laid plans for serving Him. And it doesn’t make much sense.

Heaven and Earth

Jacob did not have problems with 'doorways.' He experienced one emotional earthquake after another, and managed to maintain focus. No 'event boundary' issues for our hero. How did he do it?

Redeeming Relevance: Vayetzeh: Why Ya’akov DIDN’T Pray

Ya’akov did not pray for Rachel to conceive because he did not believe in "forcing God’s hand." He asks, “Am I instead of God? God knows best whether to give children or not. All I can do is ask.”

Parshat Toldot

Leaders often have to make difficult decisions of critical importance.

Seeing Greatness

We are what we make ourselves.

Love Will Conquer All

A man is approaching. Do I smile and nod, or do I look the other way? He’s looking at me; do I turn my head to respond or do I look out at the trees?

Mirrors

Reflections on "mirror images"

What our Negotiators can Learn from Yitzchak

It is unwise to see contemporary events as exact replays of Biblical history, but it is valuable to recognize that Torah and tradition offer narratives of hop--as well as gloom--about Jewish national relationships

The Greatness Of The Avos

Sarah Imeinu was a strong, emotionally stable woman. She had unshakable bitachon, having lived through many trials and travails.

Say Little; Do Much

A dog that barks much is never a good hunter. -Proverb

The Jewish Journey

Avraham and Sarah ended up in the land of Canaan. Canaan? The most debased and decadent society! Yet, there Avraham and Sarah build their destiny and shape world history. Canaan actually held the key to Avraham and Sarah's redemption.

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