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Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Miketz

Yehuda knew if the moment isn't right or men are unwilling to listen a skilled leader bides his time

A Change In Perspective

This is a recurring theme in this week’s parsha, in which there are many mistakes made based on perception.

Parshas Vayeishev: Shoe Sale

"A person should sell even the beams of his own house in order to buy shoes."

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden

If Hashem is watching tzaddikim, why couldn’t He just save Yosef from all the suffering he was about to endure?

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

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

Yehudah, more suited to the role, became leader and not Yosef- the very public candidate for the job

The King and the Court Jew

Yosef is the perfect leader for a people entering exile because he understands their basic needs

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem – “Shalehshudes”

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

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

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.


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.”

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