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Mo’ Money
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For in six days Hashem made the heavens and the earth and all that is within them and He rested on the seventh.  Therefore, Hashem blessed the Shabbat day and He sanctified it.  (Sefer Shemot 20:10) And you should recall that you were a slave in the Land of Egypt and Hashem, your L-rd, took […]
Two Wrongs Making a Right
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And Yaakov called to his sons and he said: Gather yourselves and I will tell you that which will occur to you in the end of days. (Sefer Beresheit 49:1) All of these are the tribes of Israel. They are twelve.  This is that which their father told them.  And he blessed them.  Each, according […]
Chanukah: The Solace in Being Hated
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On the miracles, on the redemption, on the mighty acts, on the salvations, and on the wars that You performed for our fathers in those days, in this time.  (Al HaNisim prayer)   The Chanukah and Purim versions of the Al HaNisim prayer Chanukah and Purim both recall dramatic episodes in Jewish history.  In both […]
Age and Youth – Different Perspectives
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And Dinah the daughter of Leyah who was born to Yaakov went out to be seen among the daughters of the land.  And Shechem, the son of Chamor – the prince of the land – saw her.  He took her; he slept with her; and he afflicted her.  (Sefer Beresheit 34:1-2) Yaakov’s response to the […]
Yaakov the Entrepreneur
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And Yaakov loved Rachel, and he said: I will work for you seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter.  (Sefer Beresheit 29:18) The Torah’s treatment of Yaakov is unique We envision our Patriarchs as spiritual giants.  The Torah’s description of Avraham provides a firm foundation for this conclusion. His spiritual trials and the development of […]
All’s Well that Ends Well
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And these are the descendants of Avraham; Avraham fathered Yitzchak.  (Sefer Beresheit 25:19) Yitzchak’s experiences among the Plishtim The above passage introduces Parshat Toldot.  This is the only parasha that deals with the life of Yitzchak.  As the parasha ends, the focus of the Torah moves away from Yitzchak and to his son Yaakov.  Furthermore, much […]
Family Matters
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And he lifted his eyes and behold three men stood by him.  And he saw and he ran to them from the opening of his tent and he bowed to the ground (Sefer Bersheit 18:2) Hashem tells Avraham and Sarah that they will soon have a son Parshat VaYaira describes Avraham’s visit from three guests. […]
Every Challenge is Not a Trial
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Avraham’s ten tests The passage above records Hashem’s first command to Avraham.[1] Hashem instructs Avraham to leave his homeland, birthplace, and his father’s home and to travel to a land that Hashem will reveal to him.[2]  Our Sages in Masechet Avot tell us that Hashem subjected Avraham to ten tests and that he met each […]
Promises, Promises
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And I, behold I am bringing the flood, water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which there is the spirit of life, from beneath the heavens; all that is upon the earth will perish.  And I will set up My covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you and your […]