A Tale of Two Coffins – Parashat Vayechi

A Tale of Two Coffins –  Parashat Vayechi

“….And his sons carried him….” – Bereishit 50:13 ״….וישאו אותו בניו…״ – בראשית נ,יג Rashi notes that Yaakov’s coffin was carried by all but two of his sons, Levi and Yosef, who were replaced by Menasheh and Ephraim instead. “Levi shall not carry it because he (i.e., his tribe) is destined to carry the Aron. Yosef shall not carry it […]

January 12, 2017 at 11:13 AM Comments are Disabled

If You Can Beat Them – Parashat Vayechi

If You Can Beat Them – Parashat Vayechi

The Midrash explains that the “man” that Shimon and Levi are said to have killed in their wrath is actually a reference to quite a few men: the entire adult male population of Shechem. Yaakov calls all of them “a man,” because they were like no more than one man before Shimon and Levi. What place does this tribute to […]

January 11, 2017 at 3:59 AM 0 comments

Insider Information

Insider Information

“…And Yaakov called for his sons and said, “gather and i will tell you what will happen to you at the end of days.” – Bereishis 49:1 וַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב אֶל בָּנָיו וַיֹּאמֶר הֵאָסְפוּ וְאַגִּידָה לָכֶם אֵת אֲשֶׁר יִקְרָא אֶתְכֶם בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים – בראשית מט, א The Talmud (Pesachim 56a) explains that Yaakov sought to reveal to his sons the end of […]

January 10, 2017 at 2:26 AM 0 comments

Parashat Vayechi – Revealing the hidden

Parashat Vayechi – Revealing the hidden

The biggest secret in history is when Moshiach is coming. In this week’s parasha Yackov is hinting to the date… – find out in this class about the Parasha Duration of class: 1:05:51              

January 9, 2017 at 11:55 AM 0 comments

A Mother’s Sacrifice – Parashat Vayechi

A Mother’s Sacrifice – Parashat Vayechi

“…..I buried her there along the road to Efras, which is Bies-Lechem…..” – Bereishit 48:7 ״…..ואקברה שם בדרך אפרת היא בית לחם…״ – בראשית מח,ז Rachel’s burial place would naturally have been in Me’aras Hamachpela, alongside her husband. Instead, Rachel was buried on the roadside in order to hasten her children’s eventual return from exile, as explained in the Midrash.“When […]

January 9, 2017 at 1:37 AM 0 comments

Made in Egypt – Parashat Vayechi

Made in Egypt – Parashat Vayechi

“…Now, your two sons who were born to you in Egypt before I came to you, to the land of Egypt, shall be considered mine; Ephraim and Menasheh shall be to me like Reuven and Shimon…..” – Bereishit 48:5 ״…ועתה שני בניך הנולדים לך בארץ מצרים עד בואי אליך מצרימה לי הם אפרים ומנשה כראובן ושמעון יהיו לי….״ – בראשית מח, […]

January 8, 2017 at 2:09 AM 0 comments

One Track Education

One Track Education

“…He sent Yehuda ahead of him to yosef, to prepare goshen in advance…” – Bereishit 46:27 ואת יהודה שלח לפניו אל יוסף להורת לפניו גשנה ויבאו ארצה גשן – בראשית מו, כח Yaakov sent Yehuda to Egypt to establish a place of Torah study and education in Goshen before the rest of the family arrived. Why was it necessary for […]

January 5, 2017 at 12:15 PM 0 comments

No Pain, No Gain

No Pain, No Gain

“…Do not be afraid of going down to Egypt, for there i will make of you a great nation. – Bereishis 46:3 אַל תִּירָא מֵרְדָה מִצְרַיְמָה כִּי לְגוֹי גָּדוֹל אֲשִׂימְךָ שָׁם – בראשית מו, ג As Yaakov and his family made their journey to Egypt, G-d appeared to Yaakov and told him: “Do not be afraid of going down to Egypt; […]

January 4, 2017 at 1:09 AM 0 comments

Surviving or Thriving?

Surviving or Thriving?

“…And he saw the wagons that yosef had sent to carry him, and the spirit of Yaakov their father revived. and Yisrael said: “it is much; yosef my son is still alive; i will go and see him before i die.” – Bereishis 45:26-27 וַיַּרְא אֶת הָעֲגָלוֹת אֲשֶׁר שָׁלַח יוֹסֵף לָשֵׂאת אֹתוֹ וַתְּחִי רוּחַ יַעֲקֹב אֲבִיהֶם: וַיֹּאמֶר יִשְׂרָאֵל רַב עוֹד […]

January 3, 2017 at 2:30 AM 0 comments

Parashat Vayigash – Get rid of the negativity in your life

Parashat Vayigash – Get rid of the negativity in your life

Often people hurt us in many different ways. The Torah is requiring me to forgive them. why? Why did Yosef Hatzadik was so quick to forgive his brothers? – find out in this class about the Parasha Duration of class: 1:00:54              

January 2, 2017 at 11:54 AM 0 comments

A Time to Weep – Parashat Vayigash

A Time to Weep – Parashat Vayigash

“….And he fell on his brother Binyamin’s neck and wept, and Binyamin wept on his neck….” – Bereishit 45:14 ״….ויפל על צוארי בנימין אחיו ויבך ובנימין בכה על צואריו…״ – בראשית מה, יד When Yosef and Binyomin were finally reunited, they fell on each other’s necks in embrace and wept. Rashi explains that Yosef and Binyomin cried because they prophetically […]

January 2, 2017 at 4:08 AM 0 comments

The Urgent Need for Change – Parashat Vayigash

The Urgent Need for Change – Parashat Vayigash

“…Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, “so said your son, Yosef: G-d has made me master over all of Egypt. Come down to me, do not tarry….” – Bereishit 45:9 ״….מהרו ועלו אל אבי ואמרתם אליו כה אמר בנך יוסף שמני אלוקים לאדון לכל מצרים רדה אלי אל תעמוד…״ – בראשית מה, ט Twenty-two years […]

January 1, 2017 at 2:11 AM 0 comments

Got Faith, Won’t Travel

Got Faith, Won’t Travel

“…And Yaakov saw that there was grain being sold in Egypt. Yaakov said to his sons, “why should you purport [to be content]?” – Bereishis 42:1 וַיַּרְא יַעֲקֹב כִּי יֶשׁ שֶׁבֶר בְּמִצְרָיִם וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב לְבָנָיו לָמָּה תִּתְרָאוּ – בראשית מב, א When hunger came upon the Land of Canaan, Yaakov encouraged his sons to travel to Egypt to buy grain. According […]

December 28, 2016 at 8:50 AM 0 comments

Localized Humility – Parashat Mikeitz

Localized Humility – Parashat Mikeitz

“….He placed food in the cities, the food of the field surrounding the city he put within it….” – Bereishit 41:48 ״….ויתן אכל בערים אכל שדה העיר אשר סביבותיה נתן בתוכה…״ – בראשית מא, מח In Rashi’s commentary on this verse, he notes that some of the local soil was mixed in with the grain when placing it in storage, […]

December 27, 2016 at 4:03 AM 0 comments

How Low Can You Bow? – Parashat Mikeitz

How Low Can You Bow? – Parashat Mikeitz

“….And he had him ride in his chariot of second rank, and they called out before him, ‘Avrech – The king’s patron’ – Appointing him over the entire land of Egypt….” – Bereishit 41:43 ״….וירכב אתו במרכבת המשנה אשר לו ויקראו לפניו אברך ונתון אתו על כל ארץ מצרים….״ – בראשית מא, מג Rashi cites an alternative interpretation for the […]

December 26, 2016 at 4:56 AM 0 comments

Parashat Meiketz – Learn to forgive

Parashat Meiketz – Learn to forgive

Why was Yosef Hatzadik so harsh with his brothers when he finally met them after so many years in stead of right away revealing to them he’s their brother, but instead he puts on a show and treats them like criminals? – find out in this class about the Parasha Duration of class: 55:50              

December 25, 2016 at 8:53 AM 0 comments

Living the Dream – Parashat Mikeitz

Living the Dream – Parashat Mikeitz

“….At the end of two years, it came to pass that Pharaoh was dreaming…..” – Bereishit 41:1 ״….ויהי מקץ שנתים ימים ופרעה חולם…״ – בראשית מא, א Yaakov’s move to Egypt with his family was brought about by a series of dreams. Yosef’s dreams caused his brothers to hate him and sell him as a slave, and his eventual owners brought […]

December 25, 2016 at 3:49 AM 1 comment

What Does Not Go Up – Parashat Vayeishev

What Does Not Go Up – Parashat Vayeishev

….And it was told to Tamar, saying, “Behold, your father in law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep…” – Bereishit 38:13 ״…ויוגד לתמר לאמר הנה חמיך עלה תמנתה לגז צאנו….״ – בראשית לח, יג Based on the Talmud (Sotah 10a), Rashi tells us that Timnah was situated on the slope of a mountain. We thus find that […]

December 22, 2016 at 12:08 AM 0 comments

Filled with Emptiness – Parashat Vayeishev

Filled with Emptiness – Parashat Vayeishev

Our Sages teach that water is a metaphor for Torah (Bava Kama 17a). In view of that, we can understand why the presence of snakes and scorpions (in the pit where Yosef was thrown) is hinted in the Torah with the superfluous phrase “there was no water in it,” instead of the verse stating explicitly that the pit was inhabited […]

December 21, 2016 at 5:09 AM 0 comments

Dreaming to Toil

Dreaming to Toil

“…And behold, we were binding sheaves in the midst of the field – bereishis 37:7 וְהִנֵּה אֲנַחְנוּ מְאַלְּמִים אֲלֻמִּים בְּתוֹךְ הַשָּׂדֶה – בראשית לז, ז Yosef and Pharaoh both had dreams involving grain. A noticeable difference between these two dreams, however, reflects the fundamental disparity between what each of them represents. Yosef’s dream opened with a scene of toil. In his […]

December 20, 2016 at 8:04 AM 0 comments