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What is the mystery of the spiritual qualities represented by these two sisters? What was the secret cosmic schism that would span centuries of history?
This Sidra contains an account of Jacob’s four marriages, all (according to Rashi) to daughters of Laban. Now this appears to contradict the traditional view that Jacob (together with Abraham and Isaac) kept all the commandments of the Torah despite the f...
This week’s Torah reading recounts how Jacob leaves his father’s home in the land of Israel, goes to Charan, a city in the Diaspora, where he marries, raises a family, and amasses wealth. After a sojourn of 20 years, he seeks to return, and collects his f...
It had been a wonderful weekend. Shmuli had spent a great deal of time with his cousin Mendy, and they both loved every minute of it. Shmuli lives in Brooklyn. Mendy’s family is on shlichus in California. The two cousins had not seen each other for a long...
Vayeizei; Genesis 28:10-32:3
Adapted from Likkutei Sichos, Vol. X, p. 88ff; Vol. IX, p. 26ff; Vol. XV, p. 231ff, 243ff; Sefer HaSichos 5748, p. 125ff From Eretz Yisraelto Charan We all live in several environments. Some of these like our homes, our workplaces, and the social environm...
Yaakov and His Posterity Yaakov is described as “the chosen one of the Patriarchs.”Bereishis Rabbah 76:1; see Zohar, Vol. I, 119b, 147b, et al. Among the unique characteristics by which Yaakov can be distinguished from the other Patriarchs is the posterit...
Genesis 28:10–32:3
The seventh section of the Book of Genesis begins the chronicle of the third patriarch, Jacob. It opens as he leaves (Vayeitzei, “he left” in Hebrew) Canaan to find a wife from among his kinsmen in Aram. He in fact marries four wives there and fathers a l...
"ויקח מאבני המקום וישם מראשתיו" “He took from the stones of the place and he placed them around (under) his head.” (28:11) QUESTION: Rashi says that he wanted to protect himself from wild animals. Why did he protect only his head and not the rest of his b...
The Rambam states the following law in Hilchos Sechirus13:7. : “Just as an employer is forbidden to steal the wages of his employee, or delay payment, so too is an employee forbidden to pilfer from the labor he is to provide his employer by wasting time a...
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