Vayeshev – Yosef’s Dreams

The Parsha begins with an account of the deterioration of the relationship between Yosef and his brothers.  Yosef’s two dreams played a very significant part in the increasing resentment of the brothers towards him.  Close analysis of the dreams can provide us with more insight into how they caused

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The Selling of Yosef

Breishit 31  The Selling of Yosef  (Ch. 37:1-36) One of the proofs that the Torah is really a book from G-d is called the psychological proof. The basis of it is that certain sections of the Torah would not have been written by human beings trying to promote a

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Parshas Vayeshev Emes L’Yaakov (notes based upon book)

37:3 Rashi brings from Onkeles that “the child of his old age” meant that Yaakov taught Yosef the Torah he had learnt at the yeshiva of Shem and Ever. Onkelos explains this to answer the difficulty that really Binyamin was the child of Yaakov’s old age and not Yosef. For this reason the brothers were jealous of Yosef. If he had been the real “ben zkoonim” then it

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The Secret of Jewish Survival

The Secret of Jewish Survival By Rabbi Bourch Leff Throughout the ages, many have been amazed at the Jewish nation’s survival. Faced with a history of suffering, sorrow, and persecution, Jews have met adversity with strong resilience and fortitude. What is our secret? How have we maintained

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Parshas Miketz-Vayigash

We left Yoseph in Egypt where he was sold into slavery and then was falsely accused of impropriety with Potifore’s wife. He was thrown in jail where he becomes a treasured worker and manager.There he meets and interprets the dreams of two prisoners who Pharaoh had sent

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Parsha Vayechi – Achieving Shleimus

Sefer Bereishis culminates with the eternal brachos that Yaakov Avinu bestowed on his sons.  Each son received a unique bracho which catered exactly to his talents and needs.  At the end of the brachos the Torah states that Yaakov blessed them again.  What was this new bracho?  Rashi explains that with

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Parshas Q’s And A’s

Rabbi Yehoshua Eliyohu Berman Parsha Questions/Riddles – Vayechi 1) From where do we see that one must be realistic in their expectations when making requests of others? In 47:29 it says that Ya’akov Avinu (our forefather) requested of his son Yoseif to ensure that he would be

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