Monthly Archives: December 2014

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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