Vayechi – Hastening the End of Days

What is the goal of Yakov when he gathers his sons? Why is he unable to reveal the End? Why does his rebuke to Reuven, Shimon and Levi involve a directive to be careful about being hasty? What is the difference between Asifa-gathering and Kibbutz-gathering? How does waiting for the end paradoxically hasten its arrival?…

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Emor – Counting from Pesach to Shavuos

What is the difference between Pesach (Passover) when we only eat Matza, as opposed to Shavuos when there is a special offering of Chametz (leavened bread)? What is the significance of the contrast between the haste of leaving Egypt versus the slow countdown to Shavuos? How does one find God even in places that seem…

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