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Taking the high road TAGS: | | | | | | | This week’s parsha tells the story of Yaakov Avinu and his time spent working for Lavan, his evil father-in-law. As I explained in a previous Dvar Torah, the actions of …Continue reading →

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Where Will the Tzaddik Rest His Head? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | VaYeitzei 5770 The book Mesillas Yesharim, describes how the fate of the world depends on human deeds. If a person is drawn after the physical, he distances himself from Hashem, …Continue reading →

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Offer It to the Ruler of Your Province… TAGS: | | | | Toldos 5770 The Prophet reprimands the Jewish people in this week’s Haftorah for failing to give Hashem the honor that is rightfully due to Him. “And if you present a …Continue reading →

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The Little Things In Life TAGS: | | | This week’s Parsha starts with the story of the birth of Yaakov and Esav. Yaakov is born grasping onto Esav’s heel, seemingly trying to prevent his older brother from being …Continue reading →

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Even for your Camels… TAGS: | | | | | Chayei Sarah 5770 “Let it be that the maiden to whom I shall say, ‘Please tip over your jug so I may drink,’ and who replies, ‘Drink, and I will …Continue reading →

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The Servant, the Man, and the Angel TAGS: | | In the story of Eliezer’s Journey to Aram Naharaim to search for a bride for Yitzchak, his master Avraham’s son, there is an interesting feature in the narrative. In the first part of the story, Eliezer is consistently referred to by the narrative voice as הָעֶבֶד – the servant, right up to the point where he runs to speak with Rivka at the well ” וַיָּרָץ הָעֶבֶד לִקְרָאתָהּ” (Ber. 34:17). However, from that point onwards, he is referred to by the narrative voice as הָאִישׁ – the man (Ber. 24:21, 24:26, 24:29, 24:32), through most of the encounter with Rivka and her family.

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Anger Management TAGS: | | | | This week’s parsha has the interesting story of Avraham sending his servant Eliezer to find a wife for Yitzchak. At the beginning of the story, Avraham makes Eliezer swear that …Continue reading →

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Effective Prayer TAGS: | | One theme that seems to crop up in basically every area of this week’s parsha is the importance of prayer. I would like to analyze each of these different instances …Continue reading →

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Chesed and the Akeidah TAGS: | | וַיְהִי, אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה, וְהָ’ נִסָּה אֶת-אַבְרָהָם; וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו, אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּנִי.And it came to pass after these things, that God tested Abraham, and He said to him, “Abraham,” and …Continue reading →

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