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December 30, 2016

In Parshat Miketz, after his rise to power in Egypt, we see Yosef beginning to form his own family.  When his son Menashe is born, Yosef speaks about the reason he gives his son this name.  In Perek מא, pasuk נא, the Torah says:
 

וַיִּקְרָא יוֹסֵף אֶת-שֵׁם הַבְּכו...

December 16, 2016

The night before Yaakov is to reunite with his brother, Esav, he encounters a mysterious assailant in Penuel.  Yaakov wrestles with the attacker throughout the evening and prevails. At the conclusion of this episode, the Torah describes the following in Perek 32, pasuk...

December 9, 2016

We begin this week's parsha with Yaakov on the run.  He has fled his home and he needs to rest because it is nightfall.  

In Perek 28, pasuk 11, we read:

וַיִּפְגַּע בַּמָּקוֹם וַיָּלֶן שָׁם, כִּי-בָא הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ, וַיִּקַּח מֵאַבְנֵי הַמָּקוֹם, וַיָּשֶׂם מְרַאֲשֹׁתָי...

December 2, 2016

Reflections on these Past Two Weeks and this Week's Parsha:

In this week's parsha, Parshat Toldot, we read about Yaakov having to re-dig the wells his father Avraham dug.  We remember that Avraham dug wells to enable people to have access to water. Chazal understand t...

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