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Vayechi: Who is Joseph’s Real Father?

14 Tevet 5777 – January 12, 2017
In this video, the last of the book of Genesis, Rabbi Fohrman explores Joseph's tension between his commitments to Jacob and Pharaoh, and the meaning of his choice to bury Jacob in Canaan.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Veyechi: The Subversive Forefather and his Conformist Son

12 Tevet 5777 – January 10, 2017
Ya’akov decides to prioritize the younger son, Ephraim, over the older Menashe

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Fly High!

9 Tevet 5777 – January 6, 2017
We now have risen to an even higher world, and our perspective of the world is getting clearer.

Back Against The Wall

It was only Yehuda who stepped forward to protect Binyamin because he had committed himself to the cause.

What’s Your Currency?

8 Tevet 5777 – January 5, 2017
If we didn’t understand the implications of the moment, or if we didn’t view them as monumental, they would pass as any other of millions of events we live through.

Incinerated Coupons Part II

There is also another distinguishing factor to consider. In all the above cases, the item is inherently of value only to one person.

Krias Shema, Now?

Since Yaakov was in the middle of the first pasuk of Krias Shema he was unable to interrupt himself, even to inquire about the wellbeing of his son the king.

Vayigash: The Epic Confrontation Between Judah and Joseph

In this week's parsha, Judah offers to sacrifice himself instead of Benjamin, because Jacob's soul is bound up in the soul of Benjamin. Where do we see the same language used centuries later?

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Vayigash: Party Sacrifice of Peace

Before Jacob, animal sacrifices were completely consumed by fire. When he learned Yosef was alive, he offered a different type of sacrifice, the Shelamim, which is partially burnt and partially eaten

The Foundation Stone: Parshat Vayigash

6 Tevet 5777 – January 4, 2017
Could Judah REALLY expect the Viceroy to grasp his subtle threats and insults when translated? He didn't.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayigash: Yosef‘s Invitation in to Exile

Yosef wanting to see his father Yakov again is understandable. Perhaps Yosef could not have left Egypt to do so. But did Yosef’s desire to see him justify making his father leave Israel for Egypt?

“You Want It Brighter? We’ll Light The Flame!”

1 Tevet 5777 – December 30, 2016
Am Yisroel exists to bring light, healing and peace to the world.

Thankful For My Dreams

The man before whom the brothers bowed was no longer the youthful dreamer. The reinterpreted Joseph dreampt no longer about himself, the dreams were now about something beyond the dreamer

Are Women Obligated To Say Hallel On Chanukah?

1 Tevet 5777 – December 29, 2016
The mitzvah to recite Hallel that Chazal instituted regarding Chanukah was in fact a direct result of the miracle of Chanukah; however, its essence is not to publicize the miracle but rather to give thanks for the miracle.

AlephBeta: Parshat Miketz: Why Didn’t Joseph Write Home?

Rabbi Fohrman will help us look at the story through Joseph's eyes, and explore the possibility that Joseph assumed his father was in on the plot, explaining why he never wrote home.

Hashem Fights Our Wars

The actual event for which we give thanksgiving and sing Hallel is the salvation of the Jewish people.

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Miketz: Joseph, Social Economist

28 Kislev 5777 – December 28, 2016
A balanced economic policy seems to have been exactly what Egypt needed and Joseph's policies insured that Egypt survived the famine.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Miketz: Yosef’s Descent

28 Kislev 5777 – December 27, 2016
We generally assume that Yosef, as a victim of cruelty and not its perpetrator, had nothing to regret. Yet a careful reading shows he had a significant role in creating the tension with his brothers

Shabbos Mevorchim Teves

24 Kislev 5777 – December 23, 2016
Yiras Hashem (fear of Hashem), a lofty objective we continuously strive to achieve, transforms the negative element of Teves into positive, spiritual fulfillment.

Parshat Vayeishev

Leaders often find themselves with down time and time that the are down.

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