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Parshat Vayeshev

Joseph’s Dreams and their Repair
Joseph makes his way in life by means of dreams. His father, Jacob, also embarked on a new path from his father’s home with a dream. This can be seen as an expression of what Chazal have already noted as similarities between Jacob and Joseph, and […]

By |December 7th, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments

Parshat Va’yishlach

A Wounded General
Yaakov fights the angel and succeeds. However, he emerges from the battle with an injury – “…and he limped upon his thigh.” (Genesis 32, 32) Yaakov thoroughly prepared himself for the conflict with Esau. He prepared in three ways: by giving a gift, by praying and by preparing […]

By |November 30th, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments

Parshat Va’yetze

And He Rolled Back the Stone
The Torah describes in detail Yaakov’s meeting with Rachel at the well and the uncovering of the well. Why does the Torah go through the trouble of telling us about it?

It seems the story of Yaakov and Rachel’s first encounter is similar to that of […]

By |November 24th, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments

Parshat Toldot

How Can Jealousy and Hatred be Turned into A Desire for Connection?
Yitzchak dwelled in Gerar (Bereishit 26:6). His father dwelled in this place too, and established a covenant with Avimelech the king of the Philistines (Bereishit 20-21). The events that took place with Avraham are parallel to the events that […]

By |November 17th, 2017|Dvar Torah, klalyen|0 Comments

Parshat Chaye Sara

Doors Wide Open
Rivka arrives at Sara’s tent (Bereshit 24:67):

(67) “And Yitzchak took her to his mother Sara’s tent, and he took Rivka as a wife, and he loved her, and he was consoled after his mother.”

Rashi writes that Yitzchak saw three things in Rivka that were similarly found in his […]

By |November 8th, 2017|Dvar Torah, klalyen|0 Comments

Parshat Vayeira

Why does performing acts of kindness give us a positive feeling?
Avraham Avinu is the source of kindness in the world, as stated by the prophet Micha (7:20), “You shall give the truth of Yaakov and the kindness of Avraham”. Avraham Avinu busies himself with welcoming guests that he does not […]

By |November 2nd, 2017|Dvar Torah, klalyen|0 Comments

Parshat Lech Lecha

“Whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
In this week’s parsha, the Holy One, blessed be He, informs Avraham that He will give him the land. Avraham then asks (15: 8):

“Whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?”

Avraham’s words are very challenging. The Gemara (Nedarim 32A) speaks very […]

By |October 26th, 2017|Dvar Torah, klalyen|0 Comments

Parshat Matot

In the Presence of G-d
In our parsha, the tribes of Gad and Reuven approach Moshe and ask to remain on the eastern bank of the Jordan. Moshe’s response is a sharp rebuke. Yet, what was so severe in the request of the people of Gad and Reuven? It is possible […]

By |July 21st, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments

Parshat Pinchas

A Covenant of Peace
Our Parsha opens with Hashem’s promise of His Covenant of Peace to Pinchas (Numbers 25, 10-12): “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Pinchas the son of Elazar the son of Aaron the Kohen has turned My anger away from the children of Israel by his zealously avenging […]

By |July 13th, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments

Parshat Balak

The She-Donkey Talks
“And Hashem opened the mouth of the she-donkey, and she said to Bilam, ‘What have I done to you that you should hit me these three times?”

Why does the Torah describe the speech of the she-donkey? The Ramban explains that this is meant to hint to Bilam that […]

By |July 7th, 2017|Dvar Torah, Home|0 Comments