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Directed Dispersion
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. As Yaakov senses his life coming to a close, he gathers his sons around him to give them each one final, personalized blessing. Indeed each son gets his individual blessing except for Shimon and Levi who are addressed jointly. Further, the text of their blessing sounds more like a curse […]
Chariot of Consideration
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Yoseph has revealed himself to his brothers and they have reconciled. All of Egypt and Pharaoh himself hear of this reunion. Now it is time for Yaakov and the whole family to reunite and come to Egypt. To this purpose, Pharaoh tells Yoseph to load up the animals, presumably the […]
Image of Inspiration
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein Parshat Vayeshev, always read around Chanukah, includes the events leading to our first exile in Egypt, the sale of Yosef, his enslavement in the house of Potifar, and his imprisonment after being accused of trying to seduce Potifar’s wife. Potifar’s wife had seen through astrology […]
Healed Hip
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein One of the most famous scenes in the Torah is the scene of Yaakov fighting an angel, emerging victorious albeit with an injured hip, and demanding that the angel bless him. It is here that Yaakov gets the additional name of Yisroel, meaning he who […]
Long Lasting Luz
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein When Yaakov Avinu leaves his father’s home while fleeing from his brother Esau, he initially runs past the area he remembers as being the holy place where his father and grandfather Avraham had prayed. Realizing his omission, Yaakov backtracks so that he can accord proper […]
Manifest Mockery
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein   Parshat Toldos begins with what appears to be a superfluous phrase. The unusually wordy verse says, “These are the offspring of Isaac son of Avraham –  Avraham begot Isaac.” Certainly, if Isaac is the son of Avraham, Avraham begot Isaac. Why does the Torah […]
Sleepy Sermon
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein Once when Rabbi Akiva was teaching his students, they appeared to be lethargic, almost as if dozing. Rabbi Akiva roused his students by referring to Parshat Chayei Sarah which begins by relating that Sarah Imeinu lived one hundred years and twenty years and seven years. […]