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Vayetze 5779
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We learn from Yaakov the concept of making a neder, taking on something extra, at a time of distress vs. making vows in general. Rachel says to Yaakov: give me children, if not I will die. What did she mean and what did Yaakov mean when he says “התחת אלקים אנכי”? אוזנים לתורה: When Yaakov […]
Toldos 5779
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The Dubner Maggid on Yitzchak’s love for Esav vs. Rivkah’s love for Yaakov. The first interaction between Yaakov and Esav. Darash Dovid on the difference between the meal Yaakov gave Esav and the meal he served to Yitzchak. Bnei Yissachar: Why did Yitzchak need to eat before giving a bracha? The parallel between the three […]
Chayei Sarah 5779
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Imrei Baruch: Chesed and mitzvot aren’t just about doing the mitzvah but about the way in which it’s done. Beit HaLevi explains how Eliezer’s test demonstrated her chesed and wisdom. When Sarah heard Yitzchak almost died in the ultimate act of serving Hashem, she was in shock not because he almost died but because she […]
Vayera 5779
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Rav Zevin: The connection between the seemingly polar opposite episodes of Avraham’s welcoming guests at the beginning of the Parsha and Akeidat Yitzchak at the end of Parsha. Why did the angel whose job was to destroy Sodom come to Avraham? Why did Avraham keep davening for Sodom so many times? Did Avraham feel responsible […]
Lech Lecha 5779
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מעט מן האור (Rav Chanan Porat): The first words Hashem says to Avraham, to Yitzchak, and to Yaakov is not about belief or commandments but about the Land of Israel. Already before the command of Lech Lecha, Terach and Avraham are headed towards Canaan. Why? Rabbi Norman Lamm on “Lech Lecha” as the name of […]
Noach 5779
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Tosefet Bracha: Why was theft what sealed the fate of the dor hamabul, they committed worse sins? צוהר: if it was a window why not just say חלון? Maharal on the ark as a microcosm of the universe. Rav Schwab: Why is it fair to compare Noach to Avraham – we don’t compare people!
Bereishis 5779
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Oznayim LaTorah on the order of creation of fish-birds-animals-man. Why did Hashem preserve the original Leviathan to serve the tzadikim in the future rather than serve them a new one? Ramban/Emet L’Yaakov on why only two humans were created versus many different species of each animal. How did Matan Torah complete the creation of the […]
Vayelech 5779
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The Lubavitcher Rebbe on the transfer of leadership from Moshe to Yehoshua Why are we commanded to bring young children who don’t understand to Hakhel just so we receive reward? Why does Hashem say that even after we encounter hardships He will continue הסתר פנים? Why is the Torah called a שירה and how does […]
Nitzavim 5778
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Nesivos Shalom: If the whole point of the klalot was to instill fear, why does Moshe appease them and tell them not to worry? In Ekev, it commands us to circumcise our hearts, in Nitzavim it says Hashem will do so. Why the switch? Reconciling the two opinions whether “כי המצוה הזאת” is Torah or […]