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I remember the Rebbe thundering: “The whole Egyptian exile can be traced to Reuben’s ill-timed teshuvah! When a Jewish child is languishing in the pit, this is not the time to be worrying about your own spiritual state . . .”
Many times we get caught up in our own world of self perfection and refinement. A lesson that we learn from what Reuben did not do in this week’s Parsha.
“And Joseph came to them in the morning and he saw them, and behold, they were troubled. He asked Pharaoh’s officials . . . ‘Why do you look so bad today?’” But why would Joseph see anything unusual in that? Wouldn&...
Sexuality matters to Judaism, not because it is puritanical but because it represents the love that brings new life into the world.
A captured leader of the so-called Intifada was recently videoed in court taunting his Israeli jailers. The murderer declared that he was positive the Jews would eventually be defeated due to their basic character flaw of cowardice. From his perspective, ...
Question: I read in the parsha that Joseph's brothers sold him for 20 silver pieces. I also have a nudnik brother and I could use some silver. How much do you think I could get for him? Response: I think you could be on to something here. I have no clue o...
Judah, Tamar, and the inner meaning of levirate marriage
Judah, Tamar, and the inner meaning of levirate marriage.
For the haftarah of Vayeishev, From the Teachings of the Rebbe
Amos delivers G‑d’s words of rebuke to the 10 northern tribes, the Kingdom of Israel. He chastises them for their corruption of those in power over the common folk . . .
Whenever the Torah describes the birth of twins, it goes into minute detail, as if we are the grandparents who are anxious to hear about every step of the labor and delivery. Why?
Among the numerous births recounted in the book of Genesis, two are of twins: the births of Isaac and Rebecca’s twins, Jacob and Esau; and the births of Peretz and Zerach, twin sons of Tamar and Judah. The similarities and the differences, the mystical me...
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