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TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Toldot: Customized Teaching

2 Kislev 5777 – December 2, 2016
Rav Hirsch claims had Isaac and Rebecca developed a unique curriculum that took into account Esau's love of nature, strength, skills and courage, it may have directed him to become a mighty man of God

I Have Yichus

2 Kislev 5777 – December 1, 2016
Precisely because she came from the house of wicked people and wasn’t negatively influenced, she was considered greater than if she had been born into a house of holy people.

Vesein Tal U’Matar

If someone remembers during Minchah that he did not recite ya’aleh veyavo during Shacharis, he must similarly daven Shemoneh Esrei twice during Minchah.

The Light Within – The Light Above

All Toledot - Relationships - begin with our relationship with ourselves.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Toldot: The Uncertainty of Parenthood

28 Heshvan 5777 – November 29, 2016
On the one hand, we see that Rivkah was right about Ya’akov’s potential. On the other hand, we will never be sure who was right about Esav.

Shabbos Mevorchim Kislev

25 Heshvan 5777 – November 25, 2016
The Jewish nation thankfully emerged from their spiritual slumber just in time...

Parshat Chayei Sarah

People were stunned, but they got the message.

Parshas Chayei Sarah

Devar Torah on Parshas Chayei Sarah from the well known, Rabbi Aba Wagensberg.

When Ishmael Finally Repents

Ishmael helped spread the Big Lie...

The Age Of Disrespect

24 Heshvan 5777 – November 24, 2016
Why does Lavan’s speaking before his father show that he was wicked? Disrespectful, yes. Rude, certainly. But a rasha?

Geshem Or Gashem?

23 Heshvan 5777 – November 23, 2016
The reason it would be pronounced gashem is because it is the last word before a pause.

Redeeming Relevance: Chaye Sarah: What Happened to Yitzchak?

Yitzchak, did not go to Be’er Lechai Ro’ee to pray or meditate. Rather he was on a mission, and that mission was to return Hagar to Avraham in marriage.

The Journey of Old Age

"A father of philosophy, the father of the Hebrews and his slave get together,,," sounds like the start of an ancient joke but read on...

Shunamis Miracles

18 Heshvan 5777 – November 18, 2016
Why is the kever of the Isha Hashunamis a special place for tefillos?

An Act That Echoes Through Time

Avraham had many students, but there was only one who was truly devoted to knowing and understanding the ways of his teacher. That was Yitzchak.

Greater than Greeting the Shechinah

17 Heshvan 5777 – November 17, 2016
I would assume that if Hashem appeared to someone, he would be obligated to remain in Hashem’s presence for as long as Hashem remained.

Wings of Desire

Who are these beings? Men to Avraham; Angels to Lot. Why do they play such important roles in Genesis? Why are the stories of the beginnings of humanity so rich with unfamiliar characters?

Torah Shorts: Weekly Biblical Thoughts: Parshat Vayera

15 Heshvan 5777 – November 16, 2016
Abraham was not an isolationist concerned solely with his own interests. Regardless of how despicable the Sodomites were, Abraham started a surreal negotiation with G-d to save them.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayeira: No Questions Asked

14 Heshvan 5777 – November 15, 2016
Isn't it surprising that Avraham who prayed for Sodom's salvation did not protest God commanding him to kill his own son? For the Netziv, this was actually exactly what God wanted from Avraham. Why?

Abraham the Individualist

10 Heshvan 5777 – November 11, 2016
Abraham is a model of the Individual, of the non-conformist, of the person who will take a stand for what is right though it is unpopular. Indeed, Abraham carved his own path.

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