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Vayechi Videos

Rabbi Jono
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Rabbi Jono
Vayechi Parshah Report
Itche and Jono trade places for a day. Hilarity ensues.
Should Toxic Environments Be Avoided at All Costs?
A lesson from Jacob's blessing to his grandson Efraim.
When I Deserve It Least, I Need Your Love Most
Sometimes we see it coming. We warn our spouse or child, and they proceed to mess up. Isn’t this the time for tough love reprimand, to point out their errors? Learn how to most effectively support and rebuild the person who did wrong.
What I Would Say If I Could Meet Jacob
How to touch the truly eternal
Torah in Ten: Vayechi
Topics include: a mystical reason for why tefillin are made of leather, the connection between Jacob and Rabbi Akiba, and why Jacob did not bless two of his twelve sons.
How You Can Help Protect Our People
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayechi
Blessing Our Kids
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Blessing Our Kids
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayechi
Are You Really Living Life?
The story of Jacob teaches us how to give meaning to the fleeting moments in life.
Writing Your Will
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Writing Your Will
Practical Parshah - Vayechi
In this week’s portion, Jacob gives his sons his last will and testament. What does Jewish law say about how to bequeath an inheritance to heirs?
Positive Conclusions
Why answer the nations of the world’s criticism of Israel
The Torah concludes the book of Genesis with the death of Joseph and the fact that he was interned - actually placed in the Nile - in Egypt. Yet we are enjoined by Torah to conclude a Torah subject on a positive note?! The answer sheds new light on both the end and beginning of the first book of the Torah. (Likutei Sichos vol. 30, talk 3)
A Blessing in a Wolf's Guise
Parshat Vayechi
Before his passing, Jacob blessed his sons. His youngest son, Benjamin, is praised and blessed: "Benjamin, like a wolf snatches his prey." Strange as this blessing appears on the surface, Rashi's explanations leaves us even more bewildered. This talk will illuminate Rashi's commentary and deliver a powerful message for our times. (Likutei Sichos, vol. 25)
Internal Tribes
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Internal Tribes
Parsha Vayechi
How Reuven, Shimon, Levi and Yehudah represent four different phases we experience as we go through the order of the morning prayers: 1) Reuven—the first paragraph of Shema, 2) Shimon—the second paragraph of Shema, 3) Levi—the blessings after Shema, and 4) Yehudah—the Amidah prayer. (Based on the discourse "Yehuda Achecha Yoducha 5738.")
Jacob Our Father Did Not Die
Parshah Vayechi
The Sages of the Talmud, in their debate whether one may discuss Torah while consuming a meal, address the existential quandary of whether it is better to transcend nature or conform to it. (Based on Likutei Sichos, Vol 35. Vayechi 3.)
The Closed Parshah
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The Closed Parshah
Parshah Power—Vayechi
The Torah portion of Vayechi, as transcribed in the sacred Torah scroll, begins without the usual marking of a new portion. Join us as we probe the meaning behind this anomaly.
May G-d Make You Like Ephraim and Menashe
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Vayechi
"[Jacob] blessed [Ephraim and Menashe] on that day, saying: With you, Israel will bless, saying, 'May G-d make you like Ephraim and like Menashe,'" (Genesis 48:20). Why do Jewish parents continue to this day to bless their children to be like these two grandsons of Jacob? An extra letter vav in the word "saying" holds the hint.
Concluding the Book of Genesis
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Concluding the Book of Genesis
Parsha Vayechi
The Torah portion of Vayechi serves as a "bridge" between the book of B'reishis (Genesis) and the book of Sh'mos (Exodus.) The book of B'reishis relates the miraculous lives of our ancestors. The book of Sh'mos describes our descent into exile. It is the miraculous nature that we have inherited from our ancestors that gives us the power to survive exile. From Likutei Sichos, vol. 30, p.253
Parsha Gems: Vayechi
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Parshah Insights: Vayechi
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Mnemonics: Vayechi
Decoding the hidden messages
The parshah of Vayechi contains 85 verses and the mnemonic for it are the words ‘Peh el Peh’ (which means “mouth to mouth”). Explore the coded message in this Masoretic note and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah.
Benjamin a Preying Wolf?
The Jewish Werewolf Transformation
Why does Jacob bless the righteous Benjamin as a wild wolf? How is this blessing a virtue? Discover a spiritual take on the positive skin-shifting traits of Binyamin.
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