Parsha Vayishlach

Upon his return to Eretz Yisroel, Yaakov Avinu sends a peace-making message to his hostile brother, Esav.  He begins the message saying, “I lived with Lavan and have lingered here until now.[1]” Chazal elaborate on Yaakov’s words, “I lived with Lavan and nevertheless I kept the 613 mitzvos and I did

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Parsha Q’s And A’s

Rabbi Yehoshua Eliyohu Berman Parsha Questions and Answers – Vayishlach 1) What is a good way to “make up” with someone who is angry at you? To buy him a nice present and present it to him in a very nice way.  We see this from the fact that

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Parshas Vayishlach

Yackov is returning to the land of Israel after being away for 20 years. Now he has 4 wives and 11 sons and a daughter and much wealth. He is passing through Sair, Esav’s land.The Ramban, Nachmanadies, writes that this parsha is to let us know a few things.

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Our Disposable Society

Today, society is plagued by a disease called “Disposability.” We have forgotten the principle that “everything has value.” When a toaster breaks, we buy a new one. When a shirt tears, we get a new one. And how do we subconsciously carry this into our relationships? When

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Parshas Vayishlach

Topics covered in this class: The diminishing role of the Angels. Yaakov’s preparations for the Esav encounter. Yaakov bribes Esav. Yaakov as a guide for Israel/Edom encounters Yaakov meets the Angel of Esav. Yaakov overdoes it. The diminishing role of the Angels. As the undertaking of responsibility

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The Destruction of Shechem: Is Killing Ever Kosher?

Breishit 29  The Destruction of Shechem: Is Killing Ever Kosher? (Ch. 34) Two years ago, after many months of Palestinian violence, the Israeli army invaded Jenin, a center of terrorism in the West Bank. The world was outraged—Israel going after terrorists in a crowded refugee camp would be sure

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