Chanukah is Breaking News

At the beginning of this week's reading, Joseph seems to be in a hopeless situation. Not only has he been separated from his family, sold into servitude in Egypt, but he has been thrown into prison as well. But when it was time for his redemption, it was immediate and...
The Spark that is the Key to Jewish Endurance

The Spark that is the Key to Jewish Endurance

A merchant once entered the marketplace, his camels loaded high with flax to sell. A blacksmith noticed the spectacle of tall, cumbersome loads of flax, and wondered aloud, "Where will all that flax go?!" A clever fellow answered him, "What's the problem? One blow of...

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This Is the Real Reason Jews Love Money

This Is the Real Reason Jews Love Money

Jacob was traveling with his family to meet his brother Eisav (Esau) whom he had not seen for many years. Along the journey they passed over the Yabok river. After sending the family across, along with all the possessions, Jacob found himself alone. Why didn't he...

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Prayer Secrets from Jacob’s Masquerade

Prayer Secrets from Jacob’s Masquerade

Isaac summoned Esau to give him the blessings of the birthright, blessing of success and prosperity, before his passing. Jacob, who had already purchased the birthright from Esau many years prior, was guided by his mother Rebecca to disguise himself as Esau, and he...

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For Goodness Sake

For Goodness Sake

Eliezer, Abraham's servant, embarked on his mission to the land of Haran and the house of Besuel to find a wife for his master's beloved son, Isaac. As kindness to others was the hallmark of Abraham's life, Eliezer hoped to find a young woman who excelled in this same...

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Impression Discretion

Impression Discretion

Abraham's two children, Yitzchak (Isaac) and Yishmael (Ishmael), were at first raised in the same household. Abraham and Sarah had been miraculously blessed with Yitzchok, their first and only child, while Yishmael was born to Abraham and Hagar, Sarah's maidservant,...

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The Benefits of Being Separate

The Benefits of Being Separate

Our reading this week begins, “And G-d said to Avram, go for yourself, from your land, and from your birthplace, and from the house of your father, to the land that I will show you” [Gen. 12:1] Rav Shamson Raphael Hirsch explains that this is in no way repetitive....

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