Vayishlach – Sacrificing for Israel

As Rochel was about to die in childbirth with the birth of Binayamin, what was the consolation the midwives offered with the statement, ‘don’t worry, this too is a boy?’ Why did the two students of R’ Yehoshua dress in Greek garb if they were truly Bnei Torah (students of Torah)? How did they respond to the Greek general who discovered them? Why did each of his challenges to them seem to imply that it is better to join the Hellenist movement rather than remain connected to Torah, and yet he himself acknowledged the implication of the Torah which is that spiritual pursuits are greater? Why does Hashem ‘stand in judgment’ in one place, and elsewhere He ‘sits in judgment?’ Why does it seem praiseworthy in the verse in Mishlei (Proverbs) to work the land?

Find out in this week’s Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 27:46

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