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Parshas Vayeitzei
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Yaakov prepares to go to sleep and sets up rocks around his head. Somehow, between the time when Yaakov goes to sleep and when he wakes up, these rocks have been transformed into a single rock under his head. Rashi makes note of this inconsistency and explains (quoting the Midrash) that when Yaakov actually went […]
Parshas Toldos
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The Torah tells us that Yaakov Avinu was a pure person who sat and learned Torah (see Targum and Rashi) and that Eisav was a man of the field and a hunter. The Torah tells us that Yitzchok loved Eisav because he hunted animals for him to eat, and that Rivka loved Yaakov. Since the […]
Parshas Chayei Sarah
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Avrohom Avinu sets off in search for a burial site for Sarah Imeinu, with his eyes set on buying Mearas Hamachpeila from Efron. Efron tells Avrohom Avinu that he need not buy it from him, rather, that he may have it as a present. However, Avrohom stubbornly insists upon buying it. There is an obvious […]
Parshas Vayeira
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This week’s Sedra contains one of the most perplexing portions of the Torah. Avraham Avinu, who preached against human sacrifice at a time when this was a widely accepted practiced, Avraham who had waited for so long for his son Yitzchak, was now being commanded by Hashem to offer him as a sacrifice. Chazal explain […]
Parshas Lech Lecha
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Hashem announces to Avrohom that Sarah Imeinu will have a child he will be considered his only eternal child. Hashem explains that only this child (from Sara Imeinu) will eventually get Eretz Yisroel. Avrohom argues with Hashem and says: Hashem let it suffice that I have Yishmael and let him live on as my eternal […]
Parshas Noach
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The opening Passuk in this week’s Sedra, in describing Noach, tells us נח איש צדיק תמים היה בדורותיו –Noach was a righteous man, perfect in his generations. Rashi offers two explanations of this verse. According to the first, the Torah is emphasizing the context: it was only in relation to his generation that Noach was […]
Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech
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This week’s sedra Nitzavim, opens in the most curious manner. It starts with an odd exclamation, “you all stand here today in the presents of Hashem your God”. The verses then list individually the leaders, the elderly, the men, women, children, and converts, from the water carriers to the lumber jacks. True, the Torah does […]
Pashas Ki Savo
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This week’s Sedra lists the blessings and curses that are to be given to Klal-Yisroel upon their entering Eretz-Yisroel. These curses and blessings hinge upon Klal-Yisroel’s shmiras HaTorah or lack thereof. All of the verses used for the blessings seem to be mirrored in the curses. In the Brachos we are told of all sorts […]
Parshas Ki Seitzei
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This week’s sedra provides the instructions for the unique Mitzva of Shiluach Hakan (the sending of the mother bird from the nest prior to taking its eggs or chicks). This Mitzva is rather peculiar in character as it seems to be showing that Hashem‘s mercy extends even to animals. Yet, the Gemorah tells us (Brachos, […]
Parshas Shoftim
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Towards the end of this week’s Sedra the Torah instructs Klal-Yisroel as to how to proceed if and when they wish to annex additional territory to Eretz-Yisroel by waging war. When laying siege to a city, the Torah tells us, Klal-Yisroel should first call upon the city and ask for their surrender, making sure to […]