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Jewish Strength: A Torah Value
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“ומקצה אחיו לקח חמשה אנשים ויציגם לפני פרעה” When his family arrives in Egypt, Yosef presents five of his brothers to Pharaoh. Who were they? Rashi quotes two opinions: 1. he took from the less strong ones (Talmud Bavli) or 2. from the strong ones (Midrash Rabbah) and he mentions that the Midrash Rabbah was […]
Yosef and his Brothers: The Tables are Turned
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Why does Yosef act towards his brothers in the way he does? The brothers react not by accusing the ruler of persecuting them but with self-reflection. The Ramban explains that Yosef puts his brothers through the entire ordeal in order to ensure that the dreams are fulfilled. Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky: Why does Yosef take upon […]
Who Sold Yosef into Slavery?
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It doesn’t say Yosef was lost and a man found him, it says the reverse! Throughout the whole story of Yosef and his brothers, there are two simultaneous stories taking place – the Divine Plan that must be carried out but that doesn’t remove the free-will of the human actors. When the Torah describes the […]
Architect of a People
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The death of Devorah seems to be a jarring interruption between Yaakov’s building a mizbeach and Hashem’s appearance to him. Why is Devorah unnamed until her death? Why doesn’t Yaakov’s name become Yisrael only after Devorah passes? How did Rivkah avoid learning from the evil ways of her family? Download the Mekorot Delivered at the OU […]
Antisemitism: The Oldest Hatred in the World
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Parshat Toldot is the beginning of anti-Semitism and the key to understanding the phenomenon. Why would the Philistines destroy the wells dug by Avraham rather than use them? What is the significance of Yitzchak calling them the same names as Avraham called them? Avimelech evicts Yitzchak, accusing him of becoming wealthy through him. Nevertheless, even […]
The Wisdom and Defiance of Rivka
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Why would anybody think of saying “I will also fetch water for your camels”! What kind of deal is this? If its a test of chesed, chesed is helping someone in need – Eliezer and his men (and camels) were capable of drawing their own water! When Rivka’s family tries to convince her to stay, […]
We Bear Witness: God Promises and Fulfills
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At the beginning, Hashem doesn’t tell Avraham to “go up” (aliyah) to Canaan, only to “go forth”. Only after he goes to Egypt is he described as “ascending from Egypt to  then it  says Avraham goes down to Egypt and back up to Israel. This shiur is sponsored by Joel Marks in loving memory of […]
The Blessings and Dangers of Technology
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Bereshit chapter 11 (Migdal Bavel) describes the discovery of the brick. Why is God shattering what, on the surface appears to be an ideal situation of unity? What did they do wrong? While there may be great blessing in technology, that same technology can unleash destructive forces if not coupled with Divine Morality. Download the […]