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Some Thoughts on Vayishlach

This week’s parasha, Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4 – 36:43*, begins with Ya’acov (Jacob) continuing his journey homeward after his twenty-year stay with his uncle/father-in-law Laban. However, his homecoming is not marked by hopes of a joyous celebration with the anticipated family … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Vayetzei

It is often said that Yaacov exhibited a bit of chutzpah upon awakening after his vision. I am referring to the vision Yaacov had on the evening after he fled his home in Beer Sheva for Paddan-aram. While sleeping with … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Toldot

In this week’s parasha, Toldot, Genesis 25:19 – 28:9, we see Isaac setting the stage for the next two decades. Now it came about, when Isaac was old and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Vayera

In the Babylonian Talmud it is written, Rav Yehuda bar Sheila said that Rabbi Asi said that Rabbi Yoḥanan said: There are six matters a person enjoys the profits of in this world, and nevertheless the principal exists for him … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Lech Lecha

In 1987 Jerry Collins, a 79-year-old millionaire racetrack owner in Florida, decided to donate $1.3 million to the Rev. Oral Roberts to help the evangelist meet his goal of raising $8 million by March 31 of that year. Mr. Collins decided to make this donation after reading about … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Noach

How often have you parents given your children a set of directions on what to do or how to behave, only to have them pick and choose what they will obey. I have heard it called selective hearing, a problem … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Shemini Atzeret

It has been said that there are numerous ways of defining who or what Jews are. There are definitions based upon culture, religion, ethnicity, geological location and biblical history. One further definition is that Jews are people of the calendar … Continue reading

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