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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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Vezot Haberachah – Giving It All

הָאֹמֵר לְאָבִיו וּלְאִמּוֹ לֹא רְאִיתִיו וְאֶת אֶחָיו לֹא הִכִּיר וְאֶת בָּנָו לֹא יָדָע… …who said of his father and his mother, ‘I do not see ’ nor did he recognize his brothers, nor did he know his children  ● The more you give the more you’ll get back Moshe was...

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Parashat Haazinu – Using Our Privileges Properly

צוּר יְלָדְךָ תֶּשִׁי וַתִּשְׁכַּח אֵ-ל מְחֹלְלֶךָ You ignored the Rock Who birthed you; you forgot the God Who saved you. ⦁ Hashem gave us many traits to enable us to serve Him better. Don’t use them “against” Him.   The Dubno Maggid explains this passuk through his...

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Parashat Vayelech – Torah Lights Up The Darkness

 וְזָנָה אַחֲרֵי אֱלֹהֵי נֵכַר הָאָרֶץ…וְאָנֹכִי הַסְתֵּר אַסְתִּיר פָּנַי בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא…וְעַתָּה כִּתְבוּ לָכֶם אֶת הַשִּׁירָה הַזֹּאת וְלַמְּדָהּ אֶת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל… …and stray after the of the land…And I will hide My face on that day…And now, write for...

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Parashat Nitzavim – Torah Torah Torah!

לֹא בַשָּׁמַיִם הִוא לֵאמֹר מִי יַעֲלֶה לָּנוּ הַשָּׁמַיְמָה וְיִקָּחֶהָ לָּנוּ is not in heaven, that you might say, “Who will go up to heaven for us and get it for us?” ⦁ Torah is the only worthy thing in this world The Chafetz Chaim was known to often say “The...

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Parashat Ki Tavo – Serve With Happiness

תַּחַת אֲשֶׁר לֹא עָבַדְתָּ אֶת ה’ אֱ-לֹהֶיךָ בְּשִׂמְחָה… …because you did not serve the Hashem, your God, with happiness ⦁ Serving Hashem is the single source of unadulterated happiness in this world You may notice during Kriat HaTorah this week that there is a part...

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