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Foundations of the Beis Hamikdash
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וַיַּשְׁכֵּם יַעֲקֹב בַּבֹּקֶר וַיִּקַּח אֶת הָאֶבֶן אֲשֶׁר שָׂם מְרַאֲשֹׁתָיו וַיָּשֶׂם אֹתָהּ מַצֵּבָה וַיִּצֹק שֶׁמֶן עַל רֹאשָׁהּ Yaakov arose early in the morning, he took the stone that he placed around his head and set it up as a pillar, and he poured oil, on its top. (28:18) The Timing of Yaakov’s Response Having experienced the […]
Refining the Jewish People
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וַיִּתְרֹצֲצוּ הַבָּנִים בְּקִרְבָּהּ וַתֹּאמֶר אִם כֵּן לָמָּה זֶּה אָנֹכִי וַתֵּלֶךְ לִדְרֹשׁ אֶת ה’. וַיֹּאמֶר ה’ לָהּ שְׁנֵי גיים [גוֹיִם] בְּבִטְנֵךְ. The children agitated within her, and she said, “If so, why am I thus?” and she went to inquire of Hashem. Hashem said to her: “Two nations are in your womb.” (25:22-23) Chazal[1] explain Hashem’s words to […]
Eliezer’s Retelling of The Story
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י אֶל אַרְצִי וְאֶל מוֹלַדְתִּי תֵּלֵךְ וְלָקַחְתָּ אִשָּׁה לִבְנִי לְיִצְחָק Rather, to my land and to my birthplace you shall go and take a wife for my son, for Yitzchak (24:4) Repetition – With Adjustments One of the noteworthy features of our parsha is that it contains not only the Torah’s account of Eliezer’s mission […]
Avraham’s Prayer for the People of Sodom
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וַיֹּאמֶר ה’ אִם אֶמְצָא בִסְדֹם חֲמִשִּׁים צַדִּיקִם בְּתוֹךְ הָעִיר וְנָשָׂאתִי לְכָל הַמָּקוֹם בַּעֲבוּרָם. Hashem said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous people in the midst of the city, then I will spare the entire place on their account.” (18:26) Upon hearing of Hashem’s plans to destroy the five cities in the plain of Sodom […]
Acquiring the Land of Israel
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וה’ אָמַר אֶל אַבְרָם… שָׂא נָא עֵינֶיךָ וּרְאֵה… כִּי אֶת כָּל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה רֹאֶה לְךָ אֶתְּנֶנָּה וּלְזַרְעֲךָ עַד עוֹלָם. קוּם הִתְהַלֵּךְ בָּאָרֶץ לְאָרְכָּהּ וּלְרָחְבָּהּ כִּי לְךָ אֶתְּנֶנָּה. Hashem said to Avram… raise now your eyes and look… for all the land that you see, to you I will give it, and to your descendants […]
The Principle of Darchei Noam
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פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ Be fruitful and multiply (9:7) The Gemara[1] states that the mitzvah of pru u’rvu (procreation) does not apply to women. Although the Gemara does not provide a reason for this exemption, the Meshech Chochmah explains that it is based on a principle which runs throughout the Torah and which expresses itself in many […]