Parshas Q’s And A’s

Rabb Yehoshua Eliyohu Berman Parsha Questions/Riddles – Va’yei’tzei 1.     Where in the parsha do we see that a person must be meticulous to go to sleep on time? 2.     Where do we see that even when a person is on his way to do a mitzvah (commandment, good deed)

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Parshas Vayeitsi – The Desire for Greatness

“And Hashem remembered Rachel, and Hashem listened to her, and opened her womb.  And she became pregnant and she bore a son, and she said Hashem has gathered in my disgrace.  And she called his name Yosef , saying, ‘May Hashem bear me another son.[1]“ After many years of barrenness,

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Parshas Vayeitsi – Waiting

Soon after coming to work for Lavan, Yaakov Avinu agreed to work for seven years in exchange for Rachel’s hand in marrIage.  The Torah tells us that this period passed very quickly for Yaakov. “And Yaakov worked seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him a few

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Parsha Vayetzei – The Jewish Home

The Jewish Home Not like Avraham who called [the Temple] “mountain,” and not like Yitzhak who called it “field,” but rather like Yaakov who called it “house”… (Talmud – Pesachim 88a) Maimonides in the beginning of Hilchos Beis HaBechirah lists three functions of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, the

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Appreciating The Simple Things In Life

Jacob, our Patriarch, was a holy man. We don’t usually find holy people overly concerned with their physical well-being. Yet, in this week’s Torah portion, read at first glance, it seems that we do. Jacob rested at ‘the place’ (Genesis 28:11) on his way to Charan. Rashi tells us

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The Secret of Love

If you ask any expectant mother if she is going to love her child, she’ll look at you as if you are crazy. Of course I will love my child. How do you know? Maybe the child will turn out to be as obnoxious as the neighbor’s

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VaYetzeh-LeZecher Nishmas Rav Yaakov Weinberg ZTL

The Basics Yaakov asks Kavayachol for “lechem l’echol ubeged lilbosh”. The Rosh Yeshiva ZTK asked, is this what Yaakov is most interested in, especially after learning 14 years in Yeshivas Shem and Ever? Why doesn’t Yaakov ask for something more spiritual? When Shlomo had his first opportunity

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Parshas Vayetzei

Topics covered in this class: Tailor made tests. Torah learning as a defense against falsehood. Yaakov the dual personality and his two wives. Lavan’s reaction to Yaakov’s financial success. The pact between Yaakov and Lavan. Lavan the “whitey”. Tailor made tests:Each one of the Avos epitomized a

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Rav Weinberg Weekly Parshas Vayetzei

Author: Yisroel Ciner Rabbi Weinberg introduced a novel, but important concept: Nowadays, every single one of us has the law of an “Adom Gadol”. Wherever we find ourselves — be it in the office or in the super market or in traffic — we are in the

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VaYetzeh-LeZecher Nishmas Rav Yaakov Weinberg ZTL

The Basics Yaakov asks Kavayachol for “lechem l’echol ubeged lilbosh”. The Rosh Yeshiva ZTK asked, is this what Yaakov is most interested in, especially after learning 14 years in Yeshivas Shem and Ever? Why doesn’t Yaakov ask for something more spiritual? When Shlomo had his first opportunity

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Parshas Vayetzei

Topics covered in this class: Tailor made tests. Torah learning as a defense against falsehood. Yaakov the dual personality and his two wives. Lavan’s reaction to Yaakov’s financial success. The pact between Yaakov and Lavan. Lavan the “whitey”. Tailor made tests:Each one of the Avos epitomized a

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

28:11 Rashi writes that the language of paga means prayer and that chazal learn from here that Yaakov instituted the evening prayer. How is the language of paga bamakom to be understood properly? Rav K. brings from the gemara Brachos 40B that one who sees bread, or a date and says how nice is this food, blessed is the makom (Hashem) who created

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Parshas Vayetzei

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg The women of the Torah teach us some of the greatest lessons of life. Their thoughts and actions have a profound effect, not only upon their lives, but on the lives of the Jewish People. This week we meet Leah, one of

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Yaakov in Exile

Theme: A man keeping his personal integrity. Yitzchak gives Yaakov the blessings of Avraham, the mission to carry on the future of the Jewish people, and sends him outside of Israel to get married. He has to fulfill his purpose totally alone — there’s no one where

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