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Shmot: If Midrash is Real, Why Isn’t It Peshat?

Rabbi Fohrman discusses the medrash and suggests we put ourselves into the eyes of Pharaoh's daughter to help us see that when we want to achieve something, God will help us find a way to do it.

Hashem’s Name

What we pronounce is very different from what we spell. It is like a kri u’kesiv, a word that is spelled one way in the Torah but which we have a mesorah to pronounce a different way.

Self-Transformation

People who endlessly pray for miracles tend to ignore the message of Moses' staff. They do not realize that each time Moses uses that staff he is pointing to an opportunity of self-transformation.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Shemot: Of Faith and Flexibility

While Moshe may have eventually become even greater than the avos, we must always strive for the faith of his predecessors and for the inner flexibility that such true faith brings with it.

Saying Tehillim The Right Way

How can we say Tehillim with more meaning?

The Greatness Of Man

When a tzaddik uses a part of the world, he provides that portion with its purpose in existence.

The Dancing Goat

Each month is aligned with a mazel, with Teves matching up with G’di – also known as Capricorn the Goat. What do we know about goats?

How Was Yosef Married?

Many believe that Bnei Yisrael, prior to mattan Torah, only had a status of Yisrael l’chumrah.

Jacob’s Gift

Jacob lives. He lives in all who can drop the heavy burden carried by all since Adam and Eve, the belief that our imperfections will block us from tasting Paradise.

Vayechi: Who is Joseph’s Real Father?

In this video, the last of the book of Genesis, Rabbi Fohrman explores Joseph's tension between his commitments to Jacob and Pharaoh, and the meaning of his choice to bury Jacob in Canaan.

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Fly High!

We now have risen to an even higher world, and our perspective of the world is getting clearer.

Back Against The Wall

It was only Yehuda who stepped forward to protect Binyamin because he had committed himself to the cause.

What’s Your Currency?

If we didn’t understand the implications of the moment, or if we didn’t view them as monumental, they would pass as any other of millions of events we live through.

Incinerated Coupons Part II

There is also another distinguishing factor to consider. In all the above cases, the item is inherently of value only to one person.

Krias Shema, Now?

Since Yaakov was in the middle of the first pasuk of Krias Shema he was unable to interrupt himself, even to inquire about the wellbeing of his son the king.

Vayigash: The Epic Confrontation Between Judah and Joseph

In this week's parsha, Judah offers to sacrifice himself instead of Benjamin, because Jacob's soul is bound up in the soul of Benjamin. Where do we see the same language used centuries later?

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Vayigash: Party Sacrifice of Peace

Before Jacob, animal sacrifices were completely consumed by fire. When he learned Yosef was alive, he offered a different type of sacrifice, the Shelamim, which is partially burnt and partially eaten

The Foundation Stone: Parshat Vayigash

Could Judah REALLY expect the Viceroy to grasp his subtle threats and insults when translated? He didn't.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayigash: Yosef‘s Invitation in to Exile

Yosef wanting to see his father Yakov again is understandable. Perhaps Yosef could not have left Egypt to do so. But did Yosef’s desire to see him justify making his father leave Israel for Egypt?

“You Want It Brighter? We’ll Light The Flame!”

Am Yisroel exists to bring light, healing and peace to the world.

Thankful For My Dreams

The man before whom the brothers bowed was no longer the youthful dreamer. The reinterpreted Joseph dreampt no longer about himself, the dreams were now about something beyond the dreamer

Are Women Obligated To Say Hallel On Chanukah?

The mitzvah to recite Hallel that Chazal instituted regarding Chanukah was in fact a direct result of the miracle of Chanukah; however, its essence is not to publicize the miracle but rather to give thanks for the miracle.

AlephBeta: Parshat Miketz: Why Didn’t Joseph Write Home?

Rabbi Fohrman will help us look at the story through Joseph's eyes, and explore the possibility that Joseph assumed his father was in on the plot, explaining why he never wrote home.

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