Parashat Vayishlach


Rashi famously explains that Jacob prepared to meet his brother in three different ways: he sent gifts, he prepared for war, and he prayed. The Shema calls us, explains the Sfat Emet, to do the same. "And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your being and with

Parashat Vayishlach2017-11-30T20:46:36+08:00

Parashat Vayetze


And Jacob made a vow, saying, "If the LORD God be with me and guard me on this way that I am going...and I return safely to my father's house, then the LORD will be my God....everything that God gives me I will surely tithe it." The word "saying" is superfluous - the Midrash learns from

Parashat Vayetze2017-11-23T20:33:27+08:00

Parashat Toldot


And there was a famine in the land besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham...and the LORD appeared unto Isaac and said, "Do not go down to Egypt..." What's the point of mentioning the famine in the days of Abraham? During his famine, Abraham left for Egypt and returned from there

Parashat Toldot2017-11-16T20:51:36+08:00

Parashat Chayei Sarah


And Abraham was old, advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. What exactly is this blessing of "all things"? This verse transitions us from the story of Sarah's death, to the story of Abraham, now a fresh widower, searching for a wife for his son Isaac. Despite the loss of

Parashat Chayei Sarah2017-11-10T14:53:13+08:00

Parashat Vayera


Abraham...said, "Hurry! Knead three seahs of choice semolina flour and make loaves....he fetched curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared and he set these before them - What happened to the loaves? Rashi explains that they suddenly became unusable and so they were not served. R. DZ Hoffman points out that "three

Parashat Vayera2017-11-02T21:49:40+08:00
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