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Parashat Shemot – Ha! That’s what You Think

וַיֵּלֶךְ אִישׁ מִבֵּית לֵוִי וַיִּקַּח אֶת בַּת לֵוִי A man from the tribe of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi   The Gemara explains what happened here. Amram was a leader of the generation. When Pharaoh decreed that all Jewish boys be thrown in the Nile...

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Parashat Vayechi – Never Lose Sight Of Your Goals

…יִשָּׂשכָר חֲמֹר גָּרֶם Yissachar is a bony donkey…   Yaakov was nearing death. He called his sons over and proceeded to bless them all, each according to his outstanding trait. Yissachar was a talmid chacham. Rashi explains Yaakov’s words as follows: Yissachar is...

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Parashat Vayigash – Love For Another

וַיִּפֹּל עַל צַוְּארֵי בִנְיָמִן אָחִיו וַיֵּבְךְּ וּבִנְיָמִן בָּכָה עַל צַוָּארָיו And he fell on his brother Binyamin’s neck and wept, and Binyamin wept on his neck.   After many years of separation, the brothers were finally reunited. As one might expect, in this...

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Parashat Miketz – Working In Vain

וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ שְׁנָתַיִם יָמִים וּפַרְעֹה חֹלֵם It came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh was dreaming     We sometimes, if not often, go through various troubles and seek ways out of them. What we too often ignore is that the result is already...

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סביבון

What is the Dreidel? What is the purpose of it? A regular game? Us Jews went through so many hardships in the last 2000 years and lost so much of our original culture. How can it be that one of the few things remaining is just a regular game? The meaning of the...

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Parashat Vayeshev – Hardships

וַיֵּשֶׁב יַעֲקֹב בְּאֶרֶץ מְגוּרֵי אָבִיו And Yaakov settled in the land his forefathers lived   After many years of various troubles, Yaakov Avinu, with a family now whole and no one after him, finally returns to his homeland. All he wanted to do was settle in...

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Parashat Vayishlach – Fear Of Sin

וַיִּירָא יַעֲקֹב מְאֹד וַיֵּצֶר לוֹ And Yaakov became very frightened and was distressed   Yaakov was nervous. Esav, his brother who had previously committed to murdering him, was advancing upon him with four hundred men in his command. Yaakov came up with a plan of...

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Parashat Vayetze – Distance Yourself From Dispute

וַיִּחַר לְיַעֲקֹב… וַיֹּאמֶר לְלָבָן מַה פִּשְׁעִי מַה חַטָּאתִי כִּי דָלַקְתָּ אַחֲרָי And Yaakov was frustrated… and he said to Lavan, “What is my transgression? What is my sin, that you have pursued me? Yaakov worked for Lavan for a long time. He started hearing...

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Parashat Toldot – Our Big Advantage

וְיַעֲקֹב אִישׁ תָּם יֹשֵׁב אֹהָלִים Yaakov was a pure man, who sat in tents. The Mishna in Pirkei Avot tells us that there are three “pillars” on which the world stands, Torah, avodah (sacrifices/prayer), and kind deeds. The merit of these three things are what keep...

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Parashat Chaye Sarah – He Won’t Leave You Alone

 וַיָּבֹא אַבְרָהָם לִסְפֹּד לְשָׂרָה וְלִבְכֹּתָהּ Avraham came to eulogize Sarah and to weep over her Avraham finished the hardest test of his life and aced it. He was willing to sacrifice his son for Hashem’s sake. He came home after this emotionally draining...

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Parashat Vayera – Rewards And Miracles

יֻקַּח נָא מְעַט מַיִם Please, let a little water be taken ⦁ Greater sacrifices earn greater rewards Avraham Avinu was well known for hosting guests. Three days after his brit milah, the most painful day of recovery, at 99 years old, Hashem was ready to give him a day...

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Parashat Lech Lecha – Subliminal Messaging

לֶךְ לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ Go for yourself from your land, from your birthplace, and from your father’s house  ● You can talk to others to message yourself. Hashem told Avram to leave his hometown, upbringing, and influences behind and...

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Parashat Noach – The Transiency of Falsehood

שְׁנַיִם שְׁנַיִם בָּאוּ אֶל נֹחַ אֶל הַתֵּבָה Two by two the came to Noach, to the Ark ● Any “gain” that comes from falsehood, which is based on nothing, cannot possibly last.   The Midrash tells us of an interesting event which occurred during the lead-up to the...

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Parashat Bereshit – Shabbat

 וַיְכַל אֱ-לֹהִים בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי מְלַאכְתּוֹ And Hashem completed on the seventh day His work ● Creation never ends The Torah tells us that Hashem created the world in six days. If so, asks the Bet Halevi, why does the Torah say that Hashem finished on the...

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