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“Information’s Unavailable to the Mortal Man”
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And Yaakov summoned his sons and he said: Gather together and I will tell you that which will befall you at the end of days.  (Sefer Beresheit 49:1.) Yaakov’s vision of the end of days Parsaht VaYeche describes Yaakov’s final days.  The above passage introduces the closing scene of his life.  Yaakov summons his sons.  […]
Careful How We Judge Others
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And Yehudah approached him and he said: Please, my master, allow, now, for your servant to speak in my master’s ears and do not be angry with your servant – for you are alike to Paroh.  (Sefer Beresheit 44:18) Binyamin’s peril and Yehudah’s intervention In Parshat VaYigash the Torah concludes the narrative it began at […]
Upside of the Downside
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“You shall be [appointed] over my household, and through your command all my people shall be nourished.  Only [with] the throne will I be greater than you.”  And Paroh said to Yosef, “Look, I have appointed you over the entire land of Egypt.”  And Paroh removed his ring from his hand and placed it on […]
“Monumental” Inspiration
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And Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Ephrat – this is Beit-Lehem. And Yaakov set up a pillar upon her grave; the same is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day. (Beresheit 35:19-20)[1] Yaakov erects a monument to Rachel These passages describe the passing of Rachel.  Yaakov returns to Canaan.  During […]
Underestimating a Scammer
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And Yaakov told Rachel that he was the brother of her father and that he was the son of Rivkah.  And she ran and told her father.   (Beresheit 29:12)[1] Torah and business ethics The Torah does not present only a religion.  The term “religion” is generally understood to refer to a system of worship.  The […]
Reading God’s Mind
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And Yaakov said: Sell to me – as it is this day – your birthright.  And Esav said: Behold, I travel unto death.  What is the birthright to me?  (Sefer Beresheit 25:31-32) The privileges of the firstborn Parshat Toldot opens with the birth of Yaakov and Esav.  Much of the parasha is devoted to the […]
Homeward Bound
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After this Avraham buried Sarah, his wife, in the cave of the field of Machpeylah, before Mamrai which is Hevron, in the Land of Cana’an.  (Sefer Beresheit 23:19) Love of the Land of Israel The opening of Parshat Chayey Sarah describes the events following the death of Sarah.  Avraham purchases the cave of Machpeylah and […]
Imagination Meets Reality
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And it was after these events that the L-rd tested Avraham.  And He said to him, “Avraham.” And he said, “I am here.” (Sefer Beresheit 22:1) Outline of the Akeydah This passage introduces the account to the Akeydah – the binding of Yitzchak.  Hashem tests[1] Avraham.  He commands him to offer Yitzchak as a sacrifice.  […]
The Good Life in the Diaspora
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And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and with your descendants after you, for their generations, as an eternal covenant – to be a L-rd to you and to your descendants after you.  And I will give to you and to your descendants after you the entire Land of Cana’an as a […]
Marketing Hashem
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These are the descendants of Noach.  Noach was a meritorious person and perfected in his generations.  Noach traveled with Hashem.  (Sefer Beresheit 6:9) Noach’s righteousness was imperfect Parshat Noach discusses the Mabul – the Deluge.  The causes of the Mabul are described in the closing passages of Parshat Beresheit.  Humanity corrupted itself.  After it proved […]