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Love Will Conquer All
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“And Yaakov approached Yitzchak his father, and Yitzchak felt him, and said, `The voice is the voice of Yaakov, and the hands are the hands of Aysav.’” — Bereishis 27:22 To “trick” Yitzchak into giving him the bracha, Yaakov donned Aysav’s clothing, put the skin of an animal on his arms and neck to simulate […]
Refining the Jewish People
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וַיִּתְרֹצֲצוּ הַבָּנִים בְּקִרְבָּהּ וַתֹּאמֶר אִם כֵּן לָמָּה זֶּה אָנֹכִי וַתֵּלֶךְ לִדְרֹשׁ אֶת ה’. וַיֹּאמֶר ה’ לָהּ שְׁנֵי גיים [גוֹיִם] בְּבִטְנֵךְ. The children agitated within her, and she said, “If so, why am I thus?” and she went to inquire of Hashem. Hashem said to her: “Two nations are in your womb.” (25:22-23) Chazal[1] explain Hashem’s words to […]
Eliezer’s Retelling of The Story
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י אֶל אַרְצִי וְאֶל מוֹלַדְתִּי תֵּלֵךְ וְלָקַחְתָּ אִשָּׁה לִבְנִי לְיִצְחָק Rather, to my land and to my birthplace you shall go and take a wife for my son, for Yitzchak (24:4) Repetition – With Adjustments One of the noteworthy features of our parsha is that it contains not only the Torah’s account of Eliezer’s mission […]
Chayei Sarah: 3 Mini Shiurim
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Shiur #1: “Hashem Elokei HaShamayim” How should one describe God? In Parshat Chayei Sarah, we find that Avraham Avinu appears to contradict himself in this regard.  First he describes Hashem as “the God of the Heavens and the God of the Earth” (see 24:3), and then only four pesukim later he describes Him as just […]