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Vayishlach

Your Questions
‘Why Did G-d Make Us Need to Eat?’

A Mother Responds to Her Children (and their cravings for mac-and-cheese)
By the Numbers
16 Menorah Facts Every Jew Should Know

The word menorah is Hebrew for “lamp,” and generally refers to the eight-branched candelabra that we light on the Jewish holiday of Chanukah.
Parshah
The Kiss

Twenty years after Jacob stole the blessing, he was about to meet Esau once more. There was much at stake, not only for Jacob and his family, but for all of the cosmos.
Who Wants to Be Jewish?

The “child” and the “servant” exist in all relationships: in the family, in the workplace, and in our divine service.
Vayishlach Parshah Quiz

Take this quiz to see how well you know the parshah of Vayishlach.
Real Lessons From Real Life
Moral Struggles: Vice or Virtue?

Chapter 19 of Positivity Bias
How My Daughter’s Heartbeat Monitor Showed Me Life’s High and Lows

There is a hollow feeling of déja vu, one that I haven’t felt in a while.
Leaning Into Yiddishkeit: A Short Story of Jewish Growth

In the light of that small shining candle, I saw his smile, which came easily, and often, and lit up the lives of those around him.
Story
The Rabbi Who Rode Lionback

When the first Friday approached, Rabbi Masoud informed his friends that it was time to stop and take a rest …
The Simple Vintner of Slonim

Scrunching his face with concentration, Ephraim enunciated each word again and again. He appeared to be begging for his life.
Lifestyle
Our masters taught: There are three partners in man -- G-d, his father, and his mother. His father inseminates the white substance, out of which are formed the child's bones, sinews, and nails, the brain in his head, and the white of his eye. His mother inseminates the red substance, out of which are formed the child's skin, flesh, and hair, and the black of his eye. G-d implants in him spirit, soul, beauty of countenance, eyesight, the capacity to hear, the capacity to speak, and the capacity to walk, as well as knowledge, understanding, and intelligence. When man's time to depart from the world approaches, G-d takes away His part and leaves to the father and mother the parts contributed by them.
— Talmud, Niddah 31a
Print Magazine

When you come to a place that seems outside of G‑d’s realm, too coarse for light to enter, and you want to run away—

—know that there is no place outside of G‑d, not even this place, and rejoice in your task of uncovering Him there.