The Foundation Stone: Parshat Vayigash

Could Judah REALLY expect the Viceroy to grasp his subtle threats and insults when translated? He didn't.

On Rav Steinman And Tooting One’s Own Horn

It has been one year since the passing of Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman at the age of 104, on Chanukah Eve. Many stories were...

The Foundation Stone: Parshat Mikeitz

Could Judah really expect the Viceroy to grasp his subtle threats & insults when translated? He didn't.

Bring the Future or Wait for It? Yosef and Chanukkah

Neither Yosef nor the Chashmonaim had reasonable chances of success, nor did the founders of the State of Israel, who declared the State in spite of warnings of certain doom. They and others in our history have identified moments when seemingly futile course of action was the start of historic success.

Parshat Vayeshev

Each Jew is on a journey and we each have our own rav, yeshiva, and mesorah showing us the way.

Parshat Vayeishev

A commander, he told me, must view every soldier as a parent views a child.

Aphorisms To Live By

Tuesday was the 23rd yahrzeit of Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Neriah, founder of the Bnei Akiva yeshivot, educator, revolutionary, author, Rabbi Kook's disciple, and Israel Prize laureate. Here are just a few phrases from the great legacy that he left:

Without Intimidation

On Parshat Vayeishev with a nod to Chanukah.

Redeeming Relevance: It’s Not Always the Thought that Counts

Given Reuven's less-than-altruistic motivations, the Torah could have given us a much more negative spin on what occurred. But it doesn’t. That is because the bottom line is that Reuven did the right thing. And that is what the Torah cares about the most.

Trust But Verify

Jacob was sending a message to his family and to us: Esau was of sufficient stature to merit angels to greet him. Jacob's years in the house of the scoundrel Laban taught him how to view his brother from a different perspective. He began to appreciate Esau's greatness,

We, Too, Have A Dream

Jacob's dream revealed to us that there is another dimension: a vertical one, a spiritual, hidden, top-down one, which we do not see.

Wrongs Are Wrongs, Even if We Tolerate Them

Shechem becomes, for Rambam and Ramban, a lesson in society, government, and international relations.

Sincere And Everlasting

If one wins the lottery and is instantly transformed from pauper to millionaire, although at first he can hardly give enough charity, he soon acclimates to his new lifestyle.

Nothing Influences A Person More

This weeek's parsha teaches us two pillars of life...

Dreams, Naps & Promises

If I had Jacob's dream, I would not have been able to go back to sleep, and, I'd like to believe that I would have responded to the historic promises rather than make a conditional promise emphasizing bread and clothes. I would expect a "Thank You," from Jacob, instead of falling asleep and then playing "Let's Make A Deal,"

Redeeming Relevance: When a Brother is Not

Understanding relationships leading to understanding the parsha

Why Do Lubavitchers Do It?

What motivates Chabad emissaries? Yitzchak's work is also our work – to dig wells. To believe that under the dirt and dust and all the layers, there is clear, sweet water. Even if someone seems indifferent, distant, and cynical – even wicked – that is just an outer shell. Inside there is a soul, there is life.

Spreading the Gifts of Monotheism

Sexual ethics are a practical lesson of monotheism, of a belief in the Creator of Heaven and Earth. Without a God, the contemporary Western idea of consenting adults doing whatever does not harm anyone makes perfect sense; part of what the Jewish people learned from our Patriarchs and Matriarchs was a broader perspective, which taught us to discipline our sexuality.

The Light Within – The Light Above

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

Parshat Chayei Sarah

The word captain refers to the tactical expertise necessary to actualize this vision.

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Chaye Sara: The Plot to Kill Abraham’s Servant

Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

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...

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Chayei Sarah: Avraham’s Canaanite Wife

Avraham showed himself to be a mentor for all peoples that God created. If he had previously kept his distance, he would now go to the other extreme of marrying a Canaanite woman, and fathering and raising her children.

Parshat Vayeira

The true purpose of a mitzvah isn't to earn a point and get a prize.

Be Honest, Seek Truth

"The first man, Adam, whose greatness is unfathomable, nevertheless raised Cain, the first murderer. In contrast, Terach, who was an idol worshiper, raised Avraham, the founder of our nation and the one who established faith in One G-d. How can this be?"

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