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Rabbi Eric Levy

Rabbi Eric Levy

Rabbi Eric Levy is the Director of Jewish Studies at the Katherine and Jacob Greenfield Hebrew Academy in Atlanta, and also teaches at Yeshiva Atlana High School. Rabbi Levy earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Touro College and his masters degree in Biblical Studies from Yeshiva University. He has rabbinic ordination from both Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt and Rav Zalman Nehemia Goldberg. He spent four years at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush) and he served in the Israeli Army Tank Corps. Rabbi Levy’s online classes, including Daf Yomi and Bible, can be heard at http://www.ericlevy.com/Recordings/Recordings.htm

Vayechi – Rishon

December 7, 2013, by

Yaakov lived in Egypt for 17 years. When he saw that he wouldn’t live much longer, he sent for Yoseif. Yaakov asked his son to use his royal privilege to ensure that he be buried in the Machpela cave, alongside his fathers; Yoseif promised to do so. Some time later, Yaakov took a turn for […]

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Vayechi – Sheini

December 7, 2013, by

Yaakov’s vision wasn’t great. Yoseif brought his sons near his father, who kissed them. “I never thought I’d see YOU again,” he told Yoseif, “but G-d even allowed me to see your sons!” Yoseif took his sons and positioned them properly for their blessing, with Ephraim on Yaakov’s left and Menashe on his right. Yaakov […]

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Vayechi – Shlishi

December 7, 2013, by

When Yoseif saw how his father had positioned his hands, he tried to correct what he thought was a mistake. He went to move Yaakov’s right hand from Ephraim’s head to Menashe’s. “The other one is the first-born,” he told his father. “I know,” Yaakov replied. “He will also be a great nation, but the […]

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Vayechi – R’vi’i

December 7, 2013, by

Next, Yaakov blessed his sons. He gathered them together, saying that he would tell them what would happen in the “end of days.” While he was not permitted to reveal the time of the final redemption and the Messianic era, his blessings do contain allusions to many future events. First, Yaakov addressed Reuven, his first-born. […]

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Vayechi – Chamishi

December 7, 2013, by

In a nice bit of Hebrew word play that really doesn’t translate, Yaakov says that Gad may be attacked by enemy forces, but he will strike them back. Asher will produce all the finest delicacies, fit for a king. Naftali was compared to a swift and beautiful deer. Yoseif was praised for his beauty. He […]

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Vayechi – Shishi

December 7, 2013, by

Yaakov compared Binyamin to a wolf that grabs in the morning; this is seen as an allusion to King Saul, from the Binyamin, who “grabbed” the throne in the early days of the nation, before the start of the Davidic dynasty. Yaakov instructed his sons to bury him in the Machpela cave, alongside Avraham, Sarah, […]

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Vayechi – Sh’vi’i

December 7, 2013, by

Yoseif assured his brothers that they had nothing to fear; he would continue to care for them and their families. Yoseif lived to be 110; he lived to see grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When he was near death, he said that G-d would surely return the nation of Israel to their homeland. He asked that, when […]

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Mikeitz – Rishon

November 23, 2013, by

Yoseif spent another two years in prison. (In his last comment on the previous parsha, Rashi cites a Midrash that this was a punishment for relying on the wine steward to free him rather than placing all his trust in G-d. Of course, any of us would have done the same thing, but we’re not […]

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Mikeitz – Sheini

November 23, 2013, by

Pharaoh said, “So… I hear you’re pretty good with stuff like this.” Yoseif replied, “I’m not all that. The power to interpret dreams lies with G-d, but let’s give it a whack.” Pharaoh told Yoseif all about the cows and the stalks of grain. Yoseif had no trouble with it. “First off,” Yoseif said, “both […]

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Mikeitz – Shlishi

November 23, 2013, by

Pharaoh was pretty impressed with Yoseif and he immediately offered him the job overseeing the storage of crops during the years of plenty and their distribution during the impending famine. In terms of rank, Yoseif would be second only to Pharaoh himself. Pharaoh gave Yoseif his ring and had him dressed in the finest robes, […]

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