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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Vayeshev – The Wrong Kind of Joy

“And Yosef dreamt a dream, which he told to his brothers, and they hated him even more.  And he said to them, ‘please hear the dream that I dreamt: ‘Behold, we were binding sheaves in the middle of the field, when, behold, my sheaf arose and also stood; then behold,

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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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Parshas Vayeshev II

Based on Rav Noach Weinberg Yaakov achieved the status of prophecy. He therefore must have realized that openly favoring Yosef would lead to jealousy. Why then did he outwardly favor Yosef? Avraham and Yitzchak both favored one of their sons. Why is Yaakov the only one of

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Parshas Vayeshev

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg The unity and harmony of the Jewish people are central themes in this week’s Torah portion. From it, we learn the important lesson of when and how we should judge our fellow man. In the beginning, we are introduced to Joseph and

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Parsha Vayigash: Yosef Second in Command

The parsha begins with Yosef revealing himself to his brothers; he informs them that they need not feel guilty for what they had one because Hashem was guiding the course of events that brought them to this incredible situation.  “G-d has sent me ahead of you to insure

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Yehuda and Yosef: A Taste of Judgement Day

Breishit 36  Yehuda & Yosef: A Taste of Judgment Day (44:18—45) Ask: If you could schedule a personal appointment with G-d, would you do it? The only condition is that G-d is going to be completely honest with you—He’ll tell you exactly what you did right and what you

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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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Parshas Vayigash

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg Joseph and his brothers seem to be reconciled at last. But is this true brotherhood? Sadly it is not. Yes, in the past three Torah portions we have seen both sides make great strides, but there is a message in what was

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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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Big Tips and Dead Batteries

Big Tips and Dead Batteries Rabbi Simcha Barnett My car wouldn’t start the other day and I had to call AAA to give me a boost.  I was pretty grateful that the car and the battery were fine and I gave the young man a tip for his

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