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Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

Rabbi Menachem Leibtag. founder of the Tanach Study Center, is one of pioneers of Torah Education via the Internet. He also lectures in Jewish communities and on college campuses throughout North America.

II Chronicles – Chapter 5

November 3, 2013, by

David had stockpiled so much wealth for the Temple that, even after Solomon made all the utensils, there was still much gold and silver left over. Solomon had this deposited in the Temple treasuries. Then, Solomon gathered all the leaders of the people, to convey the Ark from its resting place to the Temple. The […]

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Vayeitzei – Rishon

November 2, 2013, by

Yaakov departed Be’er-Sheva and headed for Charan. He came to a particular place, where he camped for the night. (Rashi tells us that this place was Mount Moriah, as both are called simply “the place.”) He made a pillow from some stones. While he slept, Yaakov had a prophetic vision of a ladder reaching towards […]

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Vayeitzei – Sheini

November 2, 2013, by

So, Yaakov headed off to Avraham’s homeland in the east. When he arrived, he came to a well, where groups of shepherds were gathering. The well was capped with a large stone and they had to wait until all the shepherds arrived to be able to remove it. While they waited, Yaakov chatted with the […]

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Vayeitzei – Shlishi

November 2, 2013, by

Yaakov had fallen in love with Rachel and he offered to work for Lavan for seven years in exchange for her hand in marriage. (Yaakov was well aware of Lavan’s reputation as a trickster, so he specified that he intended to marry Lavan’s younger daughter. This was meant to preclude Lavan bringing in another girl […]

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Vayeitzei – R’vi’i

November 2, 2013, by

Reuven went for a walk during the wheat harvest, when he found some mandrakes. He brought some back to his mother, Leah. (The mandrake was used as an aphrodisiac and Reuven was aware that his mother wanted to have more children.) Rachel saw this and asked Leah to share. Leah’s response was defensive. “It’s not […]

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Vayeitzei – Chamishi

November 2, 2013, by

“Well,” said Yaakov, “you know how diligent an employee I’ve been. Your flock has really thrived under my care. But now I’ve got to build up my own family. I’m not asking for a handout; I have a business proposition for you. I’ll keep tending your sheep and goats. Before I start, remove all the […]

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Vayeitzei – Shishi

November 2, 2013, by

Yaakov packed up his family and all of their stuff and headed for his homeland. Lavan was busy tending his own sheep, so Rachel took the opportunity to steal his terafim, which were small household idols. (Her intention may have been meritorious, i.e., to keep her father from worshipping, but you know what they say […]

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Vayeitzei – Sh’vi’i

November 2, 2013, by

Lavan totally lost it. He started screaming at Yaakov that everything Yaakov had was rightfully his, as if he himself were the injured party. But how could Lavan do anything to Yaakov’s wives and sons, he said, seeing as they were his own daughters and grandsons? Lavan resigned himself to reality and suggested a truce. […]

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II Chronicles – Chapter 4

November 2, 2013, by

Here, Chronicles recounts the construction of various elements of the Temple, starting with the copper altar. It then moves on to the “sea,” which was a giant basin the kohanim used to purify themselves. The “sea” stood on statues of twelve oxen, three facing in each direction. We are told that the “sea” was ten […]

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II Chronicles – Chapter 3

November 1, 2013, by

Solomon started construction of the Temple on Mount Moriah, at the site of Ornan’s threshing floor. Ground was broken on the second day of the second month (Iyar) in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign. They laid a foundation of sixty cubits by twenty cubits, going by the measurements that were in use in Solomon’s […]

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