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Fire, Flames and Flax
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein            What an unusual segue from the end of the preceding parsha, Vayetzei, to the beginning of this parsha, Vayeshev. Parshat Vayetzei concludes by listing the descendants of Eisav and all their chieftains. Parshat Vayeshev begins by seeming to list the progeny of Yaakov, but lists […]
Resourceful Resource
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein            Parshat Vayetze begins with Yaakov Avinu leaving Be’er Sheva and going to Charan, the town where his mother Rivka comes from and where her family still resides. The Medrash fills in that Yaakov went to Charan hoping to find a wife, just as his grandfather Avraham Avinu […]
Attitudinal Aversion
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein            Parshat Toldot contains one of the seminal scenes that defines Bnei Yisroel and clarifies the differences between Yaakov  Avinu and his twin Esau. This scene is Esau selling his right as the firstborn to Yaakov Avinu for a bowl of red lentil soup. While Yaakov […]
Avowing Allegiance
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein            Parshat Chayei Sarah is the first recording in the Torah of a match made through a middleman, a shadchan. Eliezer, Avraham Avinu’s trusted servant, is entrusted with the mission of going to Charan and finding there a wife for Yitzchak, Avraham’s son. The Torah repeatedly […]
Earthly Existence
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein            One of the most unforgettable events on Parshat Vayera is the destruction of Sodom. Equally important is Hashem’s decision to inform Avraham Avinu of this intention coupled with Avraham’s response to this information. Avraham immediately goes into his chesed mode, praying for the salvation of […]
Influencing, Indulging and Inculcating
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein            Avraham Avinu returned to Canaan from Mitzrayim with Sarai and Lot. Both Avraham Avinu and Lot had been gifted much wealth and livestock, and both had shepherds for their flocks. Soon the two groups of shepherds began arguing, so much so that Avraham Avinu approached […]
Constant Connectivity
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein The Torah introduces us to Noach as “a righteous man, perfect in his generations. Noach walked with God.” Rashi immediately picks up on the qualifier, “Righteous in his generations,” and asks whether he would be considered righteous if he lived in another generation. Would he have […]
Bedrock Beginnings
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Parshat Balak is our formal introduction to the great gentile prophet, Bilaam. Although King Balak of Moav hired Bilaam to curse Bnei Yisroel, Bilaam, by his own admission, could speak only the words Hashem would put into his mouth. What comes out are beautiful, eternal prophecies, including one which is even […]