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.
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.
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.
How can we say Tehillim with more meaning?
Lessons from Jacob's blessing.
When a tzaddik uses a part of the world, he provides that portion with its purpose in existence.
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?
Many believe that Bnei Yisrael, prior to mattan Torah, only had a status of Yisrael l’chumrah.
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.
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.
Ya’akov decides to prioritize the younger son, Ephraim, over the older Menashe
We now have risen to an even higher world, and our perspective of the world is getting clearer.
It was only Yehuda who stepped forward to protect Binyamin because he had committed himself to the cause.
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.
There is also another distinguishing factor to consider. In all the above cases, the item is inherently of value only to one person.
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.
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?
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
Could Judah REALLY expect the Viceroy to grasp his subtle threats and insults when translated? He didn't.
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?
Am Yisroel exists to bring light, healing and peace to the world.
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
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.
The actual event for which we give thanksgiving and sing Hallel is the salvation of the Jewish people.
A balanced economic policy seems to have been exactly what Egypt needed and Joseph's policies insured that Egypt survived the famine.