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Jacob: (a) (1653-1506 BCE) Third of the Patriarchs, son of Rebecca and Isaac. A studious man, he incurred his twin brother Esau’s wrath when he deceptively received Isaac’s blessings. He fled to Padan Aram where he married Leah and Rachel. He fathered the Twelve Tribes and Dinah. He returned to Canaan but lived his final years in Egypt, where he went to be with his son Joseph, viceroy of Egypt. He’s buried in the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron. (b) A common Jewish name.
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.)
A Taste of Text—Vayishlach
How to react when confronted with an opportunity that may challenge, tempt or oppose your beliefs or goals . . .
A Taste of Text—Toldot
A child shouldn’t be expected to be a miniature replica of his parent. Individual character traits need to be honed and channeled.
Kabbalah Toons: Episode XVI
Keep your head in the sky…and feet firmly on the ground.
Explore the special connection between Yaakov and the Third Holy Temple.
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; especi...
This class explores the mystical meaning of nature’s most natural shape, the circle. The definition of time in light of Kabbalah is addressed and a new appreciation of Shabbat and its unique connection to our patriarch Jacob emerges.
Explore the mystical meaning
Discover the spiritual meaning of the male name Yaakov, the secret behind their Hebrew letters and numerical value, and the name’s corresponding verse in the Torah.
Parshah Curiosities: Toldot
The birth and development of Yaakov and Eisav was rife with inexplicable tension and conflict. Explore the genome, nature and nurture of these wrestling twins in the womb, and how their phenomenal twin birth may correlate with modern science.
Decoding the hidden messages
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