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Man Plans, God Laughs
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You thought your life would run smoothly, right? We all do. Then, something comes off, tragic or happy, which proves to us that life is not smooth at all, and probably is not supposed to be. Somehow, each of us has a personal script which envisions what our lives will be like in the near […]
Worse Than You Thought
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One of the most horrific episodes in the book of Bereishit, and perhaps in the entire Torah, is the sale of Yosef. Jealousy morphs into hatred, which leads to the brink of murder: Brothers who seem devoid of any fraternal love, at first plot to murder, and then “settle for” selling Yosef into slavery-or worse. […]
Vayeshev: “The Depth of Simplicity” – The Historic Challenge the Rashbam Dealt his Grandfather, Rashi
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אלה תלדות יעקב יוסף בן שבע עשרה שנה היה רעה את אחיו בצאן והוא נער את בני בלהה ואת בני זלפה נשי אביו ויבא יוסף את דבתם רעה אל אביהם Rashi says that the simple meaning of the word Toldot at the beginning of our means “history”. His grandson, the Rashbam takes him to task. […]
Living Like a Rock
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Rashi tells us that after the Torah described the life of Aysav in an abbreviated manner, it then told over the events in the life of Yaakov in full detail. The reason for this is that Yaakov and what occurred to him are important in the eyes of HASHEM, whereas Aysav and his life aren’t. […]
The Sale of Yosef – How Long Does it Last?
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וַיִּשְׁחֲטוּ שְׂעִיר עִזִּים וַיִּטְבְּלוּ אֶת הַכֻּתֹּנֶת בַּדָּם They slaughtered a goat and dipped the coat in the blood (37:31) The focus of this week’s Parsha undoubtedly surrounds the sale of Yosef and the events which unfolded therefrom. In a later discussion,[1] the Meshech Chochmah demonstrates how this episode not only impacted on the future of […]
Secrets of Success
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             In Parshat Vayeshev we read the first half of Yosef Hatzadik’s history. We read of Yosef Hatzadik’s dreams and of his brothers selling him as a slave and of his eventual arrival in Egypt. As traumatic as his journey is, the Torah records that Yosef […]