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Vayeishev: Who Really Sold Joseph?

This week's parsha course unravels the sale of Joseph and discusses the implications "blame." Where does responsibility begin? And most importantly, how do I make moral decisions?

Chanukah And The Home

Tosafos points out that this answer is not fully satisfactory since there are other mitzvos, such as affixing a mezuzah, that require having a house.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayeshev: The Rhymes and Rhythms of Biblical History

How could Ya’akov make the same 'mistake' as his father, to favor one child over another after all the troubles that plagued him resulting from Yitzchak favoring Esav?

Aleph Beta: Vayishlach: Becoming a Person of Integrity

How do we reconcile Jacob's behavior, tricking his brother and lying to his father, with our vision of Yaakov as an ish emet, a man of truth?

Esav’s Lost Opportunity

In Esav's world, thoughts follow action. Do first, think second.

Refined Liquid & Refracted Light

Firstly, why did Hashem communicate His loving Presence specifically with oil instead of anywhere else along the way?

Killing Out Shechem

The Ramban adds that although Yaakov knew that when his sons told Shechem and Chamor to circumcise the entire city that they were not intending on actually marrying in with this city.

The Isaac Covenant – Part II – A time for Renewed Jewish Pride

Though Hashem's incredible gift of the State of Israel (despite its flaws), we have truly entered into a new level of interaction with and relationship to the world around us-- "The Isaac Covenant.”

The Foundation Stone: Parshas Vayishlach: Powerless Power

Jacob's power was powerless until it was used to empower his children. Talmud's great power to nurture complex thinking is powerless until it is used to empower us to think, question, and challenge

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Vayishlach: The Darkness Will Pass

Rabbi Hirsch: "The goal of history is not that Jacob should be forced to merge into the mass of nations, but the reverse. The nations must come to understand that..."

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayishlach: Who Buried Rivkah?

The actual tale of Rivkah and Esav is of a mother who continued to care and love a delinquent child who became a problematic adult, proving she will always be his mother and he will always be her son.

The Sensitivity Of A Tzaddik

For many years Rachel knew she was to marry Yaakov and be a matriarch of the Jewish people.

Tefillas Ma’ariv

I want to suggest that although ma’ariv is a voluntary tefillah in its essence, it differs from a nedavah.

Parshas Vayeitzai: When Calling For Action

Laban’s behavior is the paradigm of anti-Semites through the ages. It was not so much what Laban did that the Haggadah is referring to, but what his behavior gave rise to, in century after century.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayetzeh: Catch the Bull by the Horns… or get Gored

Like Rivkah before them, neither Rachel nor Leah created the situation that was about to have extraordinary influence on the rest of their lives and, ultimately, on the lives of countless others

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Get Ready!

Without vast preparation, one cannot even think of going to outer space.

The Same Old Me

Anyone can appear spiritual and holy when he is davening or learning Torah.

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Toldot: Customized Teaching

Rav Hirsch claims had Isaac and Rebecca developed a unique curriculum that took into account Esau's love of nature, strength, skills and courage, it may have directed him to become a mighty man of God

I Have Yichus

Precisely because she came from the house of wicked people and wasn’t negatively influenced, she was considered greater than if she had been born into a house of holy people.

Vesein Tal U’Matar

If someone remembers during Minchah that he did not recite ya’aleh veyavo during Shacharis, he must similarly daven Shemoneh Esrei twice during Minchah.

The Light Within – The Light Above

All Toledot - Relationships - begin with our relationship with ourselves.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Toldot: The Uncertainty of Parenthood

On the one hand, we see that Rivkah was right about Ya’akov’s potential. On the other hand, we will never be sure who was right about Esav.

Shabbos Mevorchim Kislev

The Jewish nation thankfully emerged from their spiritual slumber just in time...

Parshat Chayei Sarah

People were stunned, but they got the message.

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