Vayechi Audio Classes

Parshah Insight: Vayechi
A five minute weekly Torah insight based on the wellsprings of Torah and Chassidut.
Torah Gems
Experience the gems of the Parshah with the classic commentaries, and a kabbalistic twist.
Vayechi - Jacob's Unrequited Desire
“Jacob called for his sons and said, ‘Gather and I will tell you what will happen to you at the end of days'”. Rashi explains: He attempted to reveal when Moshiach would come, but the Shechinah (Divine Presence) withdrew from him. So he began to say other things.
Chumash Classes: Vayechi, Part 3
Yaakov blesses his grandsons Manasseh and Ephraim
Chp.48 verses 10 -20: Yosef places his two sons between the knees of his father so that he can bless them. He places Manasseh, the first born, on his right and Ephraim, youngest, on his left. Yaakov crosses his hands so that his right hand is on the youngest and his left hand on the eldest. Yosef protests but Yaakov insists that he knows what he is doing. He blesses his grandsons with the famous blessing used to this day to bless Jewish boys.
Parshah Thought: Vayechi
A five minute weekly Torah thought based on the teachings of Chassidut.
Vayechi - In Depth
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Vayechi - In Depth
An in depth look at the weekly Parshah based on the talks of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
The Chassidic Dimension - Vayechi
An in depth presentation of Chassidic teachings on the weekly Parshah.
Basic Parshah - Vayechi
An overview of the weekly Parshah, through the eyes of the many commentators, enriching your understanding of how our great history unfolded.
M-Cast: Vayechi
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M-Cast: Vayechi
Welcome to M-Cast, where we take a look at topics in the weekly Torah portion and see how it relates to the coming of Moshiach.
Kabbalah on the Bible - Vayechi
The Kabbalistic approach to the weekly Torah reading.
An advanced presentation of Chassidic teachings on the Parshah.
Chumash and Rashi: Vayechi
Parshah with Rabbi Gordon
Parshah Class: Vayechi
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Parshah Class: Vayechi
Get a detailed overview of the weekly Torah portion sewn together with keen insights and timely life messages.
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?
Love That Knows No Bounds
A Taste of Text—Vayechi
Can we look beyond the faults or inadequacies of another to envision what our matriarch saw?
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.
Jacob Our Father Did Not Die
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.)
Internal Tribes
Audio | 45:55
Internal Tribes
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.")
Internal Tribes, Part 2
Commentaries on the Torah
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.")
Building Infrastructure for Torah
Life Lessons from Parshat Vayechi
Before Jacob arrived in Egypt, he sent Judah ahead to prepare an environment of Torah. This Torah infrastructure is what enabled Judaism to flourish even in a depraved land like Egypt.
Parsha Gems: Vayechi
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
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)
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.
Good to Be Buried in Israel?
Parshah Curiosities: Vayechi
Conventional wisdom says that the ideal place for a Jew to be buried is in the land of Israel, yet upon examining classic Torah sources, we surprisingly discover that it’s not that simple—there seems to be conflicting Torah traditions…
Jacob’s Deathbed-Drama: Nothing to Sneeze At!
Parshah Curiosities: Vayechi
This profound rumination about the last Patriarch’s unique final hours passes into a fascinating exploration into the custom of well-wishing one who sneezes. You’ll be shocked to discover the Torah-true origins to this seemingly superstitious practice, which then begs the question: why would an authentic Jewish practice enjoy near total universal appeal?
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.
Chumash Classes: Vayechi
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)
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
Good or Difficult Times?
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Good or Difficult Times?
Parsha Vayechi and the Tenth of Teves
The portion of Vayechi contains two (seemingly) conflicting components: the seventeen best years of Yaakov’s life were in Egypt and yet the parsha begins with the narrative of his passing and leading to the subsequent subjugation. The resolution is connected to the fast of Teves 10, and offers a timely message for our current exile.
Two Minute Rabbi: Vayechi
Post-mortem Composure
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Post-mortem Composure
Up to his final terrestrial moment the Patriarch Jacob exhibits paranormal stamina, composure and clarity for a person about to pass, and in fact, a glaring scriptural omission indicates he never actually died! How on earth can that make any sense; especially as this entire portion is uniquely revolves around his death with multiple verses explicitly alluding to his demise? Finally, how was his body buried, and did it decompose? Incredible answers that tell us much about Jacob, Joseph and Tzadikim today!
Can People Really Change?
Jacob’s last years, spent in Egypt were the very best of his life; filled with true satisfaction and happiness. Whilst it’s not hard to understand that being reunited with Joseph, and seeing his family united and loyal to his hallowed ideals, would be a source of profound joy; there’s something decidedly unsettling about the prime Patriarch being happiest in a place filled with pernicious immorality and spiritual corruption. The Rebbe’s final rumination on this widely discussed subject is revolutionary in its novel approach and leads us into mind-expanding Kabbalistic ideas shedding new light on the age-old question: can people change?!
Daily Chumash: Vayechi
A journey through the weekly Torah portion briefly explaining the text in plain English—based on the commentary of Rashi.
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