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Care for the the victimizer? TAGS: | | | | | | | | Parshat VaYigash serves as the climax of the last few weeks of parshiot, wherein Yosef is finally reunited with his brothers and with Yaakov 22 years after being sold away …Continue reading →

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Is Rashi Bothered by Bowing? TAGS: | | | | | | One of the famous stories of Channukah is that of Channah, who instructed her seven sons to be killed rather than bow down to Antiochus. Jews, even now, often have a very strong aversion to bowing, and are often perturbed when visiting countries in the Far East, or participating in martial arts, where bowing is used as a formal greeting.

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The Importance of Appearances TAGS: | | | | | | In Massechet Shabbat (22a), the Gemarrah records a debate between Rav and Shmuel whether or not one can use an already lit Chanukkah candle to light another one of the candles. …Continue reading →

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Physical and Spiritual TAGS: | | | | | In Parshat VaYeshev we read of the descent of two of Yaakov’s sons. Yosef is sold by his brothers to slavetraders, who take him to Egypt. Yehuda, too, is sent …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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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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Planning Ahead TAGS: | | | | | The Trip Down to Egypt This week’s parsha tells the story of our first forefather, Avraham. Among many other stories, we learn how Hashem commanded him to leave his home, …Continue reading →

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Who are the people in your neighborhood? TAGS: | | | | This week’s parsha starts with the famous description of Noah (Bereishit 6:9): אֵלֶּה, תּוֹלְדֹת נֹחַ–נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים הָיָה, בְּדֹרֹתָיו: אֶת-הָאֱלֹהִים, הִתְהַלֶּךְ-נֹחַThese are the generations of Noah. Noah was in …Continue reading →

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Man vs. Animal TAGS: | | | | | | In its opening chapter, the Torah discusses the creation of the heavens, earth, animals, Man and finally Shabbat. In Chapter 2, the Torah takes a step back to describe the …Continue reading →

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