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Light At The End Of The Tunnel

20 Kislev 5775 – December 11, 2014
Jacob was well aware that the brothers hated Joseph, yet he sent him to them anyway.

Yosef’s Allegations

But how could there have been any validity to Yosef’s allegations?

Vayeishev: Does God Speak To Us Today?‏

Using Joseph's story to understand what non-prophetic communication with God could look like today

Good Things Happen When People Act

The dreams revealed their differences: The butler was active; the baker completely passive.

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Vayishev

18 Kislev 5775 – December 10, 2014
Yehudah, more suited to the role, became leader and not Yosef- the very public candidate for the job

The King and the Court Jew

18 Kislev 5775 – December 9, 2014
Yosef is the perfect leader for a people entering exile because he understands their basic needs

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem – “Shalehshudes”

14 Kislev 5775 – December 5, 2014
The Imrei Emes explains that it is called “shalosh seudos” because it has the power to sanctify all three Shabbos meals.

The Merit Of Eretz Yisrael

13 Kislev 5775 – December 4, 2014
If a man owns a successful small business, he might do a million dollars a year in sales. But that is the gross revenue, not the amount he takes home.

The Epic Battle

He knew that the way to potentially mollify Esau was to insist that he accept his gift, which he finally did.

Were Shimon And Levi Justified?

If one converts for the sole purpose of marrying a Jew the conversion is invalid.

The Road to Seir

Yaacov returning to Yithak reconnects him with his past, reconnecting him to the legacy of Avraham.

‘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

11 Kislev 5775 – December 3, 2014
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

7 Kislev 5775 – November 28, 2014
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?

6 Kislev 5775 – November 27, 2014
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.

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