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Beshalach 5779
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אז ישיר משה ובני ישראל את השירה הזאת לה: The Midrash says it says they sang to Hashem to teach that they sang to Hashem and not to any human being – isn’t that obvious? Our focus is always on the victory and not on the war (e.g. Purim is commemorated on the day we […]
Bo 5779
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Dubno Maggid: If the Makkot were just a mechanism to free the Jews Hashem could have made the same plague last 10 months. It must be that the makkot were also supposed to make an impression on Bnei Yisrael and everyone is inspired by different events. Each plague had a specific purpose. What was the […]
Vaera 5779
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The four expressions of redemption are four phases of the redemption process. Hashem says that after the Jews are redeemed with miracles they will know that Hashem is God, isn’t that obvious? Just because there are great miracles doesn’t mean that people will believe, as history proves. ויצום אל בני ישראל – what were they […]
Vayigash 5779
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Sefat Emet: When Yehuda tells Yosef what will happen if Binyamin is forced to be a slave, why did he focus on Yaakov’s pain and not the pain of the other siblings? Why does Yehuda only speak harshly to Yosef at this point in this story? Vayigash as the beginning of Galut Mitzrayim and all […]
Vayeishev 5779
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Why is “אלה תולדות יעקב” the introductory phrase to the story of Yosef’s sale? The Rashbam on the meaning of “אלה תולדות יעקב”, who actually sold Yosef (and the importance of pshat – if the Torah formulates something in a specific way it’s to teach us something). What does it mean that Yaakov wanted to […]
Vayishlach 5779
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Shechem is one of the three places bought by our ancestors and therefore no one can say we stole – Shechem, Chevron, and Yerushalayim. Bereshit as a sefer on angels and dreams and the two categories of malachim (the ones we create by our actions and the ones created on day two of creation) – […]
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 […]