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Reuven’s Reality
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             We are told that when parents name a baby, they are endowed with a touch of prophecy, and the name they bestow on their infant will somehow embody his essence. Parshat Vayetze encompasses the birth and naming of eleven of the twelve sons of Yaakov […]
Fruitful Fragrance
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             We are all familiar with the subterfuge through which Yaakov Avinu received the blessing of the of the firstborn from his father Yitzchak  Avinu.  When Yaakov Avinu enters his father’s presence, Yitzchak Avinu “smelled the fragrance of his garments and blessed him. He said, ‘the […]
Beautiful “Badekin” Blessing
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             After the death of Sara Imeinu, Avraham sets about finding a wife for their son Yitzchak. He sends his servant Eliezer back to his home town to find an appropriate shidduch. With Hashem’s help, Eliezer finds the perfect girl, Rebecca. Rebecca suggests Eliezer come to […]
Realistic Ramifications
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Vayeira begins with an incredible scene of Avraham Avinu, three days post his circumcision surgery, leaving Hashem’s presence to run to greet and cater to three strangers who appear on the road near his tent. The Torah records how Avraham Avinu beseeches the travelers to stop […]
The Mysterious March
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Hashem commands Avraham to “Go for yourself from your land, from your relatives, and from your father’s home the land that I will show you.”  Avraham picks himself up and takes his family on a journey without an end in sight. Why doesn’t Hashem tell […]
Galvanizing Gratitude
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             The central motif of Parshat Noach is the flood that annihilated all humanity and indeed all the earth. Following this devastation, Noach and his family, the only human survivors of the deluge, emerge from the ark to witness the destruction and obliteration of all they […]
Glorious Gathering
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             One of the most awe inspiring events of Jewish ritual must have been the mitzvah of Hakhel. Once every seven years, at the end of theshemitta/Sabbatical cycle, during the Succot festival, “When all Israel comes to appear before Hashem, your God, … you shall read […]
Continuous Compassion
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein            The Torah commands us that when we come to the land Hashem has promised us, in the third year of the shemittah cycle, we give an additional tenth of our produce to the Levite, the proselyte, the orphan and the widow. Then we are to […]
Pondering Perpetuity
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein This is the last devar torah for a few weeks. Thank you for reading.             As Bnei Yisroel are about to enter the Promised Land, the time to apportion the land to the various tribes and families arrives. The land is to be “divided as an […]