Parashat Lech Lecha – How Do I Know G-d Exists?

Parashat Lech Lecha – How Do I Know G-d Exists?

We all get to a point in life that we doubt the existing of G-d. What can serve as a proof that the is a G-d and that he is in charge of the universe? Duration of class:1:05:03              

October 23, 2017 at 5:04 AM 0 comments

It’s About the Departure, Not the Journey

It’s About the Departure, Not the Journey

The details about the place from where Avram will be leaving seem entirely superfluous. A journey to a new land automatically requires leaving your current (and previous) land, and obviously your home and place of birth! On the other hand, knowing the details about where he’d be relocating to would have helped him plan and prepare for the journey. Yet, […]

October 23, 2017 at 2:55 AM 0 comments

Where Our Story Really Begins

Where Our Story Really Begins

The Torah gives us no introduction about Avram’s accomplishments in the first seventy-five years of his life, before telling us that G-d commanded him to leave his homeland (and promised him great rewards in return). Even a short description saying that Avram was a righteous person who found favor in G-d’s eyes, like the introduction given for Noach, is not […]

October 22, 2017 at 2:39 AM 1 comment

Living the Dream – Parashat Noach

Living the Dream – Parashat Noach

 ״….צא מן התבה אתה ואשתך ובניך ונשי בניך אתך: כל החיה אשר אתך מכל בשר בעוף ובבהמה ובכל הרמש הרומש על הארץ הוצא אתך….״ – בראשית ח, טז-יז In his prophecies of the Messianic era, Yeshayahu (11:6) describes how “the wolf shall live with the lamb, and a leopard shall lie with a young goat…and a small child shall lead […]

October 18, 2017 at 1:58 AM 3 comments

Floating (even) for Dummies

Floating (even) for Dummies

“….Noach was a righteous man, perfect in his generations….”  (Bereishit 6:9) ״….נח איש צדיק תמים היה בדורותיו…״ – בראשית ו,ט According to the second opinion brought by Rashi, why does the Torah make a point of telling us that Noach was not objectively righteous (and was only regarded as such in comparison to the people of his time)? The Torah goes […]

October 17, 2017 at 1:14 AM 2 comments

Keeping Afloat

Keeping Afloat

“…Noach was a righteous man, perfect in his generations…” – beraishis 6:9 נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים הָיָה בְּדֹרֹתָיו – בראשית ו, ט Parshas Noach opens with a short description of Noach: “He was a righteous man, perfect in his generations.” Why does the Torah qualify Noach’s righteousness as, “in his generations”? Rashi offers two explanations: “Some of our Sages interpret […]

October 16, 2017 at 2:10 AM 0 comments

The Only Self to Sacrifice is Your Own

The Only Self to Sacrifice is Your Own

“….And only Noach and those with him in the Ark survived….” (Bereishit 7:23) ״…וישאר אך נח ואשר אתו בתבה…״ – בראשית ז,כג In our holy task of providing the world with its spiritual sustenance, we must take a lesson from Noach’s devotion to tending to the needs of his passengers and dependents, the animal kingdom. Despite his saintliness and piety, Noach […]

October 15, 2017 at 1:28 AM 1 comment

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