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‘I Have Lived With Laban’: Our Galut in the Secular World

It is difficult to remain faithful in galut, the ultimate Rorschach test for all Jewish generations

Achieving Change

Benno Yaakov, the German Jewish commentator, posits Yaakov's limping caused Eisav's change of heart.

Vayishlach: A Call for Violence/Teaching Jews Defense

Yaakov encountering Esav is the classic source in dealing with anti-Semites littering our history

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Vayishlach

By the time Yaakov becomes Yisrael, however, his worldview has changed dramatically.

Parshas Vayeitzei: Sincere And Everlasting

A person who truly feels that everything is a blessing from G-d will count his blessings and realize just how much he has.

Vayeitze

Yaacov returns the stolen blessing of material wealth and physical might to Esav

What’s In A Name?

The Jew, from the perspective of the name Yaakov, is dependent on the non-Jewish world. This can be seen today in the relationship between the State of Israel and the United States

Reciting Shema Before Tefillah

Rashi in Shabbos 9b writes that the reason why the tefillah of Ma’ariv is a reshus is because it was instituted corresponding to the burning of the eimurim from the korbanos – which was performed at night.

I Need Needs

It almost sounds as if Hashem is saying, “I have to keep Yaakov from getting too comfortable; otherwise he will forget Me. I can’t promise him sustenance because then he won’t need Me. He won’t write. He won’t call. He won’t love Me anymore.”

Jacob Meets Rachel: Tears Of Joy, Sadness

Jacob cries, overcome by the knowledge that his great love for Rachel will end in unbearable pain.

Vayeitzei: Understanding Rachel’s World‏

There's a perfect mirror between Jacob running away from Esav to when he reunites with his brother.

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Vayetzeh

Yitzhak called you Esav and you answered him, then he called you Yaakov and you also answered him!”

Integration Of Body And Soul

Yitzchak thought the Jewish people needed dual leadership: Eisav the physical; Yaakov the spiritual

Shabbos Mevorchim Kislev

According to the Sefer Yetzirah, the nature of the month of Kislev is sleep.

The Eisav That Did Not Have To Be

Not every child can live up to our hopes or expectations, but every child is loved by Hashem.

Parshat Toldot

Leaders must always pay attention to the importance of timing.

The Farmer’s Blessing

While our leaders have been shepherds, the vast majority of the Children of Israel were farmers.

Let’s Make A Deal

Ramban interprets Korban as self-sacrifice, each Jew should attempt to recreate Akeidas Yitzchak.

The Age Of Disrespect

Why does Lavan’s speaking before his father show that he was wicked? Disrespectful, yes. Rude, certainly. But a rasha?

How Could Yitzchak Marry Rivka?

We find that in certain circumstances before the Torah was actually given, people were permitted to make calculations as to what would better serve Hashem, even if it were against a mitzvah or aveirah.

Toldot: What Is Isaac’s Legacy?

Looking at examples of the word "toldot" to argue we produce not only children but vision and legacy

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Toledot

A sense of innovation or assertion in Yitzchak’s life is found in one area – spirituality.

Chesed Muscles, Dating, And Spiritual DNA

We must understand the power and impact of our actions.

Parshas Chayei Sarah: The Advantages Of Old Age

If you're always battling against getting older, you're always going to be unhappy.

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