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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!‏

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Davening For A Miracle

A neis b'nistar causes a reduction in one’s zechuyos; therefore, one should not daven for it.

Our Home Base

What did Jacob mean when he realized the sanctity of the place he slept and declared it to be the House of G-d, Beit Elokim?

The Fathers-in-Law: Lavan and Yitro

Of all the many fathers-in-law in the Bible, only Yitro & Lavan are singled out for this designation

Aleph Beta: Vayeitzei: To Deceive Or Not To Deceive, That Is The Question‏

What is the Bible trying to teach us with this focus on Jacob and the theme of deception?

What Eisav Could Have Been

Eisav was born with great spiritual potential but he made a number of wrong choices.

Hamavdil

It seems to me that the practice of the Arizal is exactly what the Sfas Emes is noting and presents a balanced yet deeply spiritual teaching that is vital to internalize.

The Age Of Disrespect

Children knew their place, and the idea of a child speaking back to an adult was unheard of.

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