Weekly Divrei Torah on the Parasha | Holidays | Chagim

By: R’ David Shaliehsaboo

Parashat Miketz – Chinuch

וַיַּעַן יוֹסֵף אֶת פַּרְעֹה לֵאמֹר בִּלְעָדָי, אֱ-לֹהִים יַעֲנֶה אֶת שְׁלוֹם פַּרְעֹה And Yosef replied to Pharaoh saying, "It is not I, rather God, who will give an answer [that will bring] peace to Pharaoh." - Imagine where Yosef was at. His recent life up to this...

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Parashat Vayeshev – Teshuva

וַיָּשָׁב רְאוּבֵן אֶל הַבּוֹר And Reuven returned to the pit - Yosef's brothers were jealous. It started with their father Yaakov showing him favoritism, and now he was dreaming of himself ruling over his brothers. Thinking that Yosef was attempting to become a...

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Parashat Vayishlach – Truth

לֹא יִקָּרֵא שִׁמְךָ עוֹד יַעֲקֹב, כִּי אִם יִשְׂרָאֵל יִהְיֶה שְׁמֶךָ Your name shall no longer be called Yaakov, but Yisrael shall be your name - Hashem changed Yaakov's name to reflect his new reality. Rashi writes that Hashem changed the name Yaakov, which...

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Parashat Vayetze – Nothing Can Stop You

וַיִּשְׁכַּב בַּמָּקוֹם הַהוּא ...and he lay down in that place - Rashi tells us that by specifying that Yaakov laid down "in that place", the Torah is letting us know that it was there that Yaakov finally laid down, but he had not laid down in the previous fourteen...

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Parashat Toldot – Natural Tendencies

וַיֶּאֱהַב יִצְחָק אֶת עֵשָׂו כִּי צַיִד בְּפִיו וְרִבְקָה אֹהֶבֶת אֶת יַעֲקֹב And Yitzchak loved Esav, for his hunt was in his mouth, but Rivka loved Yaakov - The simple translation of the passuk (and the way Onkelos translates it) would seem to tell us that Yaakov...

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Parashat Chaye Sara – The Intelligence Of Rivka

וְהָיָה הַנַּעֲרָה אֲשֶׁר אֹמַר אֵלֶיהָ הַטִּי נָא כַדֵּךְ וְאֶשְׁתֶּה וְאָמְרָה שְׁתֵה וְגַם גְּמַלֶּיךָ אַשְׁקֶה And it will be, the maiden to whom I will ask, "Lower your pitcher so I can drink," and she will respond, "Drink, and I will also give your camels to...

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Parashat Vayera – Without Excuses

וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו ה' בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא And Hashem appeared to [Avraham] in the plains of Mamre... - Avraham was a master of Hachnasat Orchim. Reading Midrashim on what he would do (for free!) would put some of the finest hotels today to shame. For the most part, the...

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Parashat Lech Lecha – Reward

וַיָּבֹא הַפָּלִיט וַיַּגֵּד לְאַבְרָם And the fugitive came and told Avram - Avram was very close with his nephew Lot, their workers however, were not. The constant bickering between Avram and Lot's shepherds led to their eventual separation. Lot moved to Sodom, one...

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Parasahat Noach – Sensitivity To Language

מִן הַבְּהֵמָה הַטְּהוֹרָה וּמִן הַבְּהֵמָה אֲשֶׁר אֵינֶנָּה טְהֹרָה... ...from the animals that are pure and from the animals that are not pure - Hashem wanted Noach to collect from every species to bring to the ark to save from each one to repopulate the world after...

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Parashat Bereshit- A Godly Language

וַיִּ֩צֶר֩ ה' אֱ-לֹהִ֜ים מִן הָֽאֲדָמָ֗ה כָּל חַיַּ֤ת הַשָּׂדֶה֙ וְאֵת֙ כָּל־ע֣וֹף הַשָּׁמַ֔יִם וַיָּבֵא֙ אֶל הָ֣אָדָ֔ם לִרְא֖וֹת מַה יִּקְרָא ל֑וֹ וְכֹל֩ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יִקְרָא־ל֧וֹ הָֽאָדָ֛ם נֶ֥פֶשׁ חַיָּ֖ה ה֥וּא שְׁמֽוֹ. וַיִּקְרָ֨א הָֽאָדָ֜ם שֵׁמ֗וֹת לְכָל הַבְּהֵמָה֙...

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Sukkot- Happiness From The Sukkah

וְשָׂמַחְתָּ בְּחַגֶּךָ...וְהָיִיתָ אַךְ שָׂמֵחַ And you shall rejoice in your holiday...and you will be only happy. - Sukkot is called Zman Simchatenu, our time of happiness. The Torah even tells us to be happy on these days. The Rambam writes "Even though we are to...

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Yom Kippur- Two Goats, Two People

ונתן אהרן על שני השעירם גרלות גורל אחד לה' וגורל אחד לעזאזל And Aharon shall place lots upon the two goats, one lot "For Hashem," and the other lot, "For Azazel." - One of the Yom Kippur rituals while we still had the Bet HaMikdash was the Kohen Gadol choosing lots...

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Parashat Haazinu- Keep Learning

דִּבְרֵי הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת... כִּי הוּא חַיֵּיכֶם וּבַדָּבָר הַזֶּה תַּאֲרִיכוּ יָמִים עַל הָאֲדָמָה... ...the words of this Torah... for it is your life, and through this you will lengthen your days on the land - Rashi writes that "It's not for nothing that you labor...

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Parashat Nitzavim- Vayelech- “Innocent” Dangers

...וַתִּרְאוּ אֶת שִׁקּוּצֵיהֶם וְאֵת גִּלֻּלֵיהֶם And you saw their abominations and their repugnant idols... - The story is told about a Talmid Chacham who spent many years living in a surrounding that didn't sync with his values. During that time he spent a lot  of...

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Parashat Ki Tavo- Bikkurim And Our History

...וְעָנִ֨יתָ וְאָֽמַרְתָּ֜ לִפְנֵ֣י ה' אֱ-לֹהֶ֗יךָ And you shall call out and say before Hashem, your God... - This weeks Parashah starts with the mitzva of Bikkurim, where we are commanded to bring the “first fruit”, that is the first of each of the seven special...

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