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Underestimating a Scammer
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And Yaakov told Rachel that he was the brother of her father and that he was the son of Rivkah.  And she ran and told her father.   (Beresheit 29:12)[1] Torah and business ethics The Torah does not present only a religion.  The term “religion” is generally understood to refer to a system of worship.  The […]
Reading God’s Mind
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And Yaakov said: Sell to me – as it is this day – your birthright.  And Esav said: Behold, I travel unto death.  What is the birthright to me?  (Sefer Beresheit 25:31-32) The privileges of the firstborn Parshat Toldot opens with the birth of Yaakov and Esav.  Much of the parasha is devoted to the […]
Homeward Bound
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After this Avraham buried Sarah, his wife, in the cave of the field of Machpeylah, before Mamrai which is Hevron, in the Land of Cana’an.  (Sefer Beresheit 23:19) Love of the Land of Israel The opening of Parshat Chayey Sarah describes the events following the death of Sarah.  Avraham purchases the cave of Machpeylah and […]
Imagination Meets Reality
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And it was after these events that the L-rd tested Avraham.  And He said to him, “Avraham.” And he said, “I am here.” (Sefer Beresheit 22:1) Outline of the Akeydah This passage introduces the account to the Akeydah – the binding of Yitzchak.  Hashem tests[1] Avraham.  He commands him to offer Yitzchak as a sacrifice.  […]
When is “After”?; Avraham’s Chiddush
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When is “After”? וַה’ אָמַר אֶל אַבְרָם אַחֲרֵי הִפָּרֶד לוֹט מֵעִמּוֹ שָׂא נָא עֵינֶיךָ וּרְאֵה מִן הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה שָׁם… כִּי אֶת כָּל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה רֹאֶה לְךָ אֶתְּנֶנָּה וּלְזַרְעֲךָ עַד עוֹלָם. Hashem said to Avram after Lot had parted from him, “Raise now your eyes and look out from where you are… for all […]
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 […]
The Dissenting Voice at the Tower
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The order in which Shem, Ham, and Yafet are listed throughout Parshat Noach. After listing the descendants of Yefet, Ham, then Shem, the story of Migdal Bavel appears after which it goes back to Shem. Why does the story of Migdal Bavel interrupt the Shem genealogy, is meant to be seen as part of the […]
Have the Merits of our Ancestors Been Depleted?
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Why Yeshayahu describes the flood as מי נח – the waters of Noach. Was he at fault? There are four opinions in the Gemara as to when Zechut Avot ran out, all of which transpired. The Chida finds an allusion to these four opinions in our Haftarah. What hasn’t ended is ברית אבות – the […]
Parshat Noach 5779
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The Unicorn Song Why the Torah starts with B’reishit & No’ach More on Creation & Science If science is part of one’s Torah – fine. If it is everything – it is idolatry