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Parshas Shemos
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Moshe is shepherding Yisro’s sheep and, as he follows one of the sheep, he sees a burning bush that is not getting consumed by its fire. It is in that context that Hashem commands Moshe to return to Egypt for the purpose of freeing the Jews from slavery. Moshe replies with a series of questions […]
Parshas Vayechi
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Yaakov Avinu is on his death bed and calls for his son Yosef. Yosef comes and Yaakov requests that he not bury him in Mitzraim, but rather that he bring his body back to Eretz Yisroel for burial in Mearas Hamachpeila. Yaakov then asks Yosef to swear to him that he will carry out his […]
Parshas Vayigash
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Yosef has revealed himself to his brothers and is about to send them back to Yaakov. The brothers are in turn going to inform Yaakov Avinu of Yosef’s existence and his prominence, in the hope of luring Yaakov down to Mitzraim. As Yosef is about to send them off, Paroh instructs Yosef to send wagons, […]
Parshas Mikeitz
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This week’s sedra deals with Yosef meeting his brothers. Unlike in fairy tales, instead of revealing himself, Yosef chooses to conceal his true identity and torment his brothers. Through Yosef’s tormenting his brothers he was actively prolonging his father’s agony over his absence. If Yosef would have revealed his identity sooner the brothers could have […]
Parshas Vayeishev
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This week’s sedra begins with a most shocking instance, Yosef reports to Yaakov his brothers seeming misdemeanors. The passuk then tells us that Yaakov Avinu favored Yosef because he was a ben-zekunim, simply translated as a son of his old age. The passuk then continues to tell us that as a result of Yaakov’s favoritism […]
Parshas Vayishlach
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This week’s Sedra tells us of an instance in which Yaakov found himself temporary alone the night prior to his meeting with Eisav. It is then that Yaakov is challenged in combat with a man who seems to be a celestial being of a sort. Yaakov triumphs, has some form of dialogue with his opponent, […]
Parshas Vayeitzei
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Yaakov prepares to go to sleep and sets up rocks around his head. Somehow, between the time when Yaakov goes to sleep and when he wakes up, these rocks have been transformed into a single rock under his head. Rashi makes note of this inconsistency and explains (quoting the Midrash) that when Yaakov actually went […]
Parshas Toldos
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The Torah tells us that Yaakov Avinu was a pure person who sat and learned Torah (see Targum and Rashi) and that Eisav was a man of the field and a hunter. The Torah tells us that Yitzchok loved Eisav because he hunted animals for him to eat, and that Rivka loved Yaakov. Since the […]
Parshas Chayei Sarah
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Avrohom Avinu sets off in search for a burial site for Sarah Imeinu, with his eyes set on buying Mearas Hamachpeila from Efron. Efron tells Avrohom Avinu that he need not buy it from him, rather, that he may have it as a present. However, Avrohom stubbornly insists upon buying it. There is an obvious […]
Parshas Vayeira
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This week’s Sedra contains one of the most perplexing portions of the Torah. Avraham Avinu, who preached against human sacrifice at a time when this was a widely accepted practiced, Avraham who had waited for so long for his son Yitzchak, was now being commanded by Hashem to offer him as a sacrifice. Chazal explain […]