Yaakov

Vayigash – deep tikkun

What is the root of the problem that caused Yosef to go down to Egypt? What is the deep tikkun that is accomplished through the entire story? Find out in this week’s Parsha Podcast. Running time: 16:23

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Toldos – Space for defiance

What is the connection between Isaac’s passivity in the face of the king of Gerar, and Yaakov’s running away from Esav after stealing the blessings? What is the concept of the ‘time of defiance?’ When is one to be passive in the face of judgments? What is the concept of ‘giving space for defiance?’ Find…

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Bechukosai – the missing letter vav's & current events

Why does the verse refer to Hashem remembering Yakov before redemption? Why isn’t the name Yisrael used? Why is it spelled with an extra letter Vav? Why is the vav taken from Eliyahu? What do Eliyahu and Yakov represent? What is the lesson of Yosef? How does it apply to current events? Find out in…

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Acharei – Seducing the Satan

Why do we seem to offer a sacrifice to the Other Side on Yom Kippur? Why does the atonement occur then? Why do we offer the exact same type of animal to Hashem as to the Other Side? Is Yakov sincere in his gift to Esav and his admission that Esav should have the blessings?…

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Vayigash – Climax and culmination

How do we view the tikkun of the reunification of the family of Yisrael? How do we understand the dichotomy of the redemptive qualities of this event, as opposed to the fact that it is the start of the Egyptian exile? Why does Yakov return to Beer Sheva on the way down to Egypt? Why…

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Vayetzei – Catalyst for Good

Why do we find that Esav’s anger is the catalyst for Yakov being sent to Charan to begin his family? Why is there so much emotional difficulty surrounding the relationships of Leah, Rochel and Yakov? Why does Yakov face the challenges of Lavan? Why does Yakov decide to return when Yosef is born? Find out…

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Toldos – Beginnings and Ends

How do we understand the unusual fact that Yakov is named for the heel (ekev)? What is the significance of the fact that Yakov was holding Esav’s heel as they were being born? Why is Yakov so intent on purchasing the first-born rights and getting the blessings of the firstborn? Why does the Torah interrupt…

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Shavuos and redemption

What is the deeper significance of the custom to stay up all night learning Torah? Why did the Jewish people wake up late on the morning of receiving the Torah? What is the parallel to Yakov who also had a contrasting night of sleep and being awake? What is the connection to the future redemption?…

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Dina and Shechem revisited (again)

I have had some interesting responses to the podcast/post on Dina and Shechem, and I wanted to share some of my further thoughts on the matter. Much of the following thoughts came as a result of discussions I had with my wife as well as my sister. I also thank TQ for bringing up this…

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Vayetzei – Moshiach ben Yosef and כיבוד אב ואם

Why did Yakov need to lay the foundations for the Jewish people in the house of Lavan? Why does he seem to get punished for not honoring his parents during these twenty two years by Yosef not being to honor him for a corresponding amount of time? What is the significance of the fact that…

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