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Jacob’s Desire To Change The Family Destiny

22 Kislev 5776 – December 4, 2015
Jacob's response to his sons' feud reversed the actions of his youth-he sends Joseph to reconcile

I Have A Spiritual Dream

22 Kislev 5776 – December 3, 2015
Perhaps this fulfilled the first dream, regarding Joseph’s economic domination of his brothers. However, it did not fulfill the second dream.

Asking For Advice

“These are the chronicles of Yaakov: Yosef was seventeen years old, and he watched his brothers.” – Bereishis 37:2   At the age of seventeen, Yosef...

Miracle Oil

There is a glaring difference between the Beis Yosef’s answers.

Breaching & Provoking

Chanukah celebrates those willing to provoke the Greeks & prod the Jewish people from their slumber.

Aleph Beta: Vayeishev: Harlots & Coats & Goats, Oh My!‏

21 Kislev 5776 – December 2, 2015
Is Vayeishev,this weeks parsha, a chapter in Genesis or an episode of Game of Throne?!

Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Parsha: VaYeishev

Tamar initiates the process, opening Yehudah’s eyes to her essence; “clothes don’t make the (wo)man"

A Matter Of Perspective

16 Kislev 5776 – November 27, 2015
The Mesilas Yesharim (Chapter 1) explains that our purpose in this world is to gain entry into the World to Come. The medium for that is Torah and mitzvos, for which one can only achieve reward in this world.

IS HIS NAME YA’AKOV, YISRAEL OR BOTH?

People have 1 name because it supposedly reflects identity. What if a person has a double identity?

Spiritual And Physical Challenges

We must re-focus our priorities & our communal resources from Jewish defense to Jewish spirituality

Parshas Vayishlach

15 Kislev 5776 – November 26, 2015
We’re the westernmost Jewish community on the planet (!) thus always “wrapping it up” for Klal Yisroel by making the last kiddush or havdalla, lighting the last Menorah, etc.

The Merit Of Eretz Yisrael

The answer to this question can best be understood with a perspective on capitalism.

True Strength

Jewish history is the story of exile. Jacob blazed the trail for the Jews in exile.

Eras & Archers

Of course Hashem still cares for His people and can still perform miracles.

Name Changing

In any event, how do we explain the fact that Hashem changed Avraham’s name entirely but merely added another name to Yaakov’s?

Details & Foundations

14 Kislev 5776 – November 25, 2015
By making two lists-Details & Foundations-you will find your Thanks will become an act of Giving.

Aleph Beta: Vayishlach: Difficult Conversations‏

Join us as we consider the story of the Rape of Dina with the respect and understanding it deserves.

Alaska

9 Kislev 5776 – November 20, 2015
I told her that I could teach him the brachos to make on the Torah, he could get an aliyah, and in addition, I would help him write a short dvar Torah from the parsha.

Every Relationship Contains Elements Of Surprise

How is it possible that Yaakov didn't know he spent his wedding night with Leah rather than Rachel?

The Influence Of Society

8 Kislev 5776 – November 19, 2015
Yaakov Avinu wasn’t afraid that he would learn to steal because of Lavan; he was afraid that his image of what is considered normal behavior might be affected.

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