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The Talking Cure – Parashas Yisro פרשת וישמע יתרו

“A healing tongue is a tree of lif;, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit” (Mishle 15, 4) Rabeinu Bachaye explains that his verse teaches us that the highest form of cure is done by talking.  Other cures, using medicines … Continue reading

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True Chessed – Parashat Vayechi

  One of the problems of translation of languages is that not every word has an exact translation.  One example of that is the word “Chessed” חסד in Hebrew, which is variously translated as “Kindness”, “Loving-kindness” “Benevolence”, or “Grace”.  But none of … Continue reading

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Woe to us on the Judgment Day! Vayigash

Rabbi Yochanan said: “Woe to us on the day of Judgment; woe to us on the day of rebuke! When Yosef revealed himself to his brothers and said ‘I am Yosef’ they were completely dumbfounded. When the Holy One Blessed … Continue reading

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Banishing the Darkness – Miketz, Channukah

“And it came to pass at the end of two years” (Bereshit  41:1) Our Parasha starts out exactly two years from the end of last weeks Parasha.  Yosef is languishing in prison.  Just like Yosef predicted from his interpretation of … Continue reading

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Sex, Lies, and a Good Name -Vayeshev

In Parshat “VaYeshev” Yosef is sold into slavery, and is bought by Potiphar, one of ranking officials in Egypt.  Yosef’s good looks attract much attention from the women, especially his master’s wife.  She starts to try to seduce Yosef, but … Continue reading

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Gone with the wind – Parshat Vayishlach

“These are the generations of Esav…” (Bereshit 36,1) The Torah spends the next 43 verses telling us all about Esav’s children, grandchildren, etc., where they went, the kings etc.  Since the Torah is about the Jewish people, it leads one … Continue reading

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לבור מוץ מבר –פרשת וישלח

‘וְאֵלֶּה תּולְדוֹת עֵשָׂו הוּא אֱדֽוֹם’׃ (בראשית ל”ו, א’) לכאורה, אחרי שהקב”ה הבטיח ליעקב אבינו בבית אל לתת לו ולזרעו אחריו את הארץ, אין לנו צורך לדעת התולדות של עשו. יעקב כבר נפרד ממנו, נפסק הקשר, ועשו הלך לגור בשעיר. למה … Continue reading

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לאה לא מפסיקה להודות – פרשת ויצא

‘טוב להודות לה המזמור שהוקבע לזמר על הדוכן במקדש בשבת הינו (תהילים צ”ב) “מזמור שיר ליום השבת. טוב להודות לה’ ולזמר לשמך עליון”. על הקשר בין ההודאה לה’ ובין יום השבת מפרש הרד”ק: יום השבת טוב להודות בו לה’ משאר … Continue reading

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It depends on how you look at it – Shelach Lecha

Moshe sent twelve leaders to view the land.  We refer to these men as the “spies” – ‘Meraglim’ מרגלים in Hebrew. But the Torah does not call them spies. Moshe tell them לתור את הארץ “to tour the land”. Really … Continue reading

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The land is very, very good טובה הארץ מאוד מאוד

We read in this past week’s Torah portion how the spies came back with a bad report about the land of Israel.  At least that was the majority report.  Calev and Yehoshua saw the same things, and reported the “The … Continue reading

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