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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Blessings

“The Medium is the Message”-Marshall McLuhan We all like to receive blessings. But what exactly is the power of a blessing? Is it something real or imagined? Does the fact that you wish me well have any real bearing on the cosmic scheme to assist me? Blessings

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The Blessing of Exceeding Ones Potential

These divrei Torah were adapted from the hashkafa portion of Rabbi Yissocher Frand on Parshas VaYechi on the weekly portion: Tape # 399 The Blessing of Exceeding Ones Potential —————————————- In this week’s parsha our patriarch Yaakov blesses Yosef’s children with the words “By you shall Israel

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The Rav The World of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Rabbi Rothkoff Volume Two Edited by: Joseph Epstein Photography Editor Irwin Albert KTAV Publishing House, Inc. 1999 The Land of Israel 16.08 A Good Frenchman Related by the Rav in a lecture on Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28- 50:26), Yeshiva University, December 23, 1980. Summarized and published in

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Parshas Vayechi II

Based on Rav Noach Weinberg Why didn’t Yaakov merit to live to 180 years like his father Yitzchak? Yaakov died 33 years earlier, at the age of 147. Why does Yaakov insist on being buried in Israel? Yaakov is the first person in the Torah to be

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

47:28 Rav K. quotes from the midrash on the verse (Braishis Raba 96:1) that from the fact the parsha is “closed” (setooma) the midrash learns that the servitude only began with the death of Yaakov. Rashi similarly learns from the fact the parsha is closed that with Yaakov’s death the hearts and eyes of B’nai Yisrael became closed to the trouble of the

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Parshas Vayechi

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg If G-d spoke to you, would you tell anyone? As you may remember in previous discussion, there is an even higher spiritual level than receiving the presence of G-d: doing kindness for our fellow man. If acts of real kindness are more

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