Parashat Toldot


...and those who bless you be blessed. Isaac is not only giving Jacob a blessing but also, explains R. Shmuel of Slonim, giving him advice. When you see someone has received much blessing - you see them happy and successful - then don't begrudge them their success, but bless them, be happy for them. When

Parashat Toldot2019-11-28T22:11:14+08:00

Parashat Chayei Sarah


And Abraham was old, advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. After this verse we read about Abraham's plan to marry off his son Isaac. Sometimes a person can't afford to marry. Indeed, Proverbs advises: Prepare your task outside and ready it for yourself in the field. After, you will build

Parashat Chayei Sarah2019-11-21T17:51:28+08:00

Parashat Vayera


In the middle of negotiating with God about the fate of Sodom, Abraham says: Here, pray, I have presumed to speak to my Lord when I am but dust and ashes. Abraham was not only being humble. He was telling God, explains R. Shmuel of Slonim, that he was but dust and ashes and God

Parashat Vayera2019-11-14T10:45:37+08:00

Parashat Lech Lecha


...and Terah died in Haran. And the LORD said to Abrahm, "Go forth from your land and your birthplace and your father's house..." According to the Torah's narrative, first Abraham's father passed away and only then was he commanded to leave his home. In the Midrash, R. Yitzchak imagines that Abraham was commanded to leave

Parashat Lech Lecha2019-11-06T21:39:59+08:00
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