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Destinations and Expectations
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וַיִּשָּׂא יַעֲקֹב רַגְלָיו וַיֵּלֶךְ אַרְצָה בְנֵי קֶדֶם Yaakov lifted his feet and went towards the land of those who dwell in the east (29:1) In the beginning of the Parsha, Yaakov sets out to journey to Charan. On the way, he alights at the place of the Beis Hamikdash, where Hashem appears to him in […]
Words Unspoken; Yitzchak’s Mitzvah
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Words Unspoken – Heard Loud and Clear וַיִּשְׁאֲלוּ אַנְשֵׁי הַמָּקוֹם לְאִשְׁתּוֹ וַיֹּאמֶר אֲחֹתִי הִוא כִּי יָרֵא לֵאמֹר אִשְׁתִּי פֶּן יַהַרְגֻנִי אַנְשֵׁי הַמָּקוֹם עַל רִבְקָה כִּי טוֹבַת מַרְאֶה הִיא. The men of the place inquired about his wife and he said, “She is my sister,” for he was afraid to say “My wife,” lest the men […]
Machpelah, Lavan and Yishmael: Three Vignettes
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Acquiring Ma’aras HaMachpeilah וַיָּקָם שְׂדֵה עֶפְרוֹן אֲשֶׁר בַּמַּכְפֵּלָה… לְאַבְרָהָם לְמִקְנָה לְעֵינֵי בְנֵי חֵת וַיָּקָם הַשָּׂדֶה וְהַמְּעָרָה אֲשֶׁר בּוֹ לְאַבְרָהָם לַאֲחֻזַּת קָבֶר מֵאֵת בְּנֵי חֵת. Efron’s field in Machpeilah was confirmed… to Avraham as an acquisition in the view of Bnei Ches. (23:17-18) The field with the cave that was in it was confirmed to Avraham […]
Two Calls from Heaven
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וַיִּקְרָא מַלְאַךְ אֱלֹקִים אֶל הָגָר מִן הַשָּׁמַיִם An angel of God called to Hagar from heaven (21:17) First Call: Hagar in the Desert One of the episodes in this week’s parsha involves the sending away of Hagar and Yishmael from Avraham’s house. Having lost her way and with the water in her flask having run […]
When is “After”?; Avraham’s Chiddush
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When is “After”? וַה’ אָמַר אֶל אַבְרָם אַחֲרֵי הִפָּרֶד לוֹט מֵעִמּוֹ שָׂא נָא עֵינֶיךָ וּרְאֵה מִן הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה שָׁם… כִּי אֶת כָּל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה רֹאֶה לְךָ אֶתְּנֶנָּה וּלְזַרְעֲךָ עַד עוֹלָם. Hashem said to Avram after Lot had parted from him, “Raise now your eyes and look out from where you are… for all […]
Noach and His Generations; The Year of the Flood
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Noach and His Generations אֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדֹת נֹחַ נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים הָיָה בְּדֹרֹתָיו These are the offspring of Noach, Noach was a righteous man, complete in his generations. (6:9) Some questions regarding this pasuk: What does the phrase “in his generations” add and why is it in the plural? What is the meaning of the […]
Tzelem Elokim
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וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹקִים נַעֲשֶׂה אָדָם בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ. God said, “Let us make Man in Our image, after Our likeness.” (1:16) Commenting on this pasuk, the Midrash says:[1] With whom was He consulting? R’ Ami says, He was consulting with His heart. This may compared to a king who commissioned an architect to build a palace for […]
Torah Living
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כִּי שֵׁם ה’ אֶקְרָא הָבוּ גֹדֶל לֵאלֹקֵינוּ When I call out the Name of Hashem, ascribe greatness to our God (32:3) We note that while Moshe Rabbeinu refers to himself calling out “the name of Hashem,” i.e., the Name spelled yud-hey-vav-heh, known as the Shem Havaya, he calls upon Bnei Yisrael to “ascribe greatness to […]
Understanding the Mitzvah of Teshuvah
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וְאָמַר בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא הֲלֹא עַל כִּי אֵין אֱלֹקַי בְּקִרְבִּי מְצָאוּנִי הָרָעוֹת הָאֵלֶּה. וְאָנֹכִי הַסְתֵּר אַסְתִּיר פָּנַי בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא עַל כָּל הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה כִּי פָנָה אֶל אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים. He will say on that day, “Is it not because my God is not in my midst that these evils have befallen me?” And I will surely […]
Close at Heart
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כִּי קָרוֹב אֵלֶיךָ הַדָּבָר מְאֹד בְּפִיךָ וּבִלְבָבְךָ לַעֲשֹׂתוֹ For the matter is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart to do it (30:14) Natural Assets Hashem has endowed man with numerous assets and faculties which can serve him faithfully, provided he does not impair them. For example, the five senses are […]