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.
A neis b'nistar causes a reduction in one’s zechuyos; therefore, one should not daven for it.
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?
Of all the many fathers-in-law in the Bible, only Yitro & Lavan are singled out for this designation
What is the Bible trying to teach us with this focus on Jacob and the theme of deception?
Eisav was born with great spiritual potential but he made a number of wrong choices.
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.
Children knew their place, and the idea of a child speaking back to an adult was unheard of.
It seems clear from this explanation that time spent in heaven does not constitute time in regards to aging and other time-related calculations in this world.
After Abraham verified that Rebecca was indeed a worthy wife for Isaac, the Torah says, “vayiten Avraham lYitzchak,” Abraham transferred the tradition to Isaac.
In the tales of Isaac one thing becomes apparent: He's rarely the main character in his own stories!
Yehuda & Yosef are the tikun (repairing) for Yaakov, who deceived his father and suffered for it.
Ever wondered why the least funny Jew in the entire Torah should be named Yitchak, “He Laughed?”
His dilemma weighed heavily on him, even as he was in the process of burying a poor departed soul.
All too often leaders fail to consider adequately the importance of logistics and their organizations suffer as a consequence.
Heeding the Rebbe’s call, in the spring of 1998, my wife Nechoma and I, with our two young children, Mendel and Mussie, departed from LaGuardia Airport and took off to the buckle of the Bible Belt – Oklahoma City.
Avraham identifies himself as a ger toshav meaning "alien resident." How could Avraham be both?
No longer does Frank dream about spending time with his child, no longer does he yearn for that relationship. What happened?
Preparation for prayer must be commensurate with the type of prayer offered.
The fruits and grain that the non-Jews had planted and toiled on belonged to them.
At the beginning of this week's parsha, Rashi informs us that Sarah's death was no accident, but rather a result of hearing about Avraham...
In our journey to understand the epic legacy of Abraham and Isaac, the stories of their actions and attributes are abruptly cut short by...
The struggle of living both in the spiritual & physical worlds is our mission & potential greatness
Both portions deal with God’s promises to Avraham; Lech Lecha is nationalistic, Vayeira is universal
What does the odd bargaining session between Abraham & God mean? What does it teach about Abraham?