Serving God for Pleasure

If someone approached you and guaranteed that you would receive 100 million dollars if you simply follow what they asked of you, would you agree to the deal? You may be cautious because you never know what this person has in mind for you to do (something

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The Art of Manipulation

A few years ago I was attending a conference, and I heard a talk by Bob Burg, a motivational speaker and lecturer who specializes, I think, in sales, marketing and communication strategies that promote professional success. The title of the book which he handed out at the

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Parshas Toldos

Topics covered in this class: A balanced world The test of childlessness. The buying of the birthright. Yitzchak and the blessings. Esav spoke in his heart. A balanced world. Each one of the Avos had an individual he had to contend with. There was always someone trying

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

25:19 The Torah devotes much of Braishis to the lives of Avraham (Lech Lecha, Vayera, Chayai Sarah) and to Yaakov (Vayetze, Vayishlach, Miketz, Vayigash, Vayichi), but very little, in contrast, to Yitzchak (Toldos), Yitzchak actually lived longer than either Avrahamor Yaakov. Also we see this in the Rambam (Idol Worshippers 1:3). He writes at length about Avraham’s and Yaakov’s efforts to make Hashem known in the world, whereas by Yitzchak he only

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Parshas Toldos

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg This week’s parsha deals with one of the fundamental pillars of Judaism: free will. It is an unshakeable foundation of Jewish belief that a human being has free will to make the proper decisions in life. But how much of one’s character

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