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Dec 4, 2023, 6:46 PM
Free Will, Science VS Torah. 2 Books.
There used to be an old saying among pious Jews: “If you ever want to know the way God wants us to behave, see what everyone is doing and do the opposite.” In their desperation to ignore the possibility of...
Dec 4, 2023, 10:00 AM
Dina in the Box
The Torah Temima questions the Midrash brought by Rashi, regarding Dina. It is written that Yakov was punished because he hid Dina in a box, so that Eisav would not see her. He goes on to explain that if Dina...
Dec 3, 2023, 6:00 AM
Believe All Women — Including Dinah
A lot happens in today’s parsha, Vayishlach. Jacob continues on his journey back to Canaan. He encounters his brother Esau, and they appear to come to terms with their past and then go their separate ways. Jacob has another...
Reuven Chaim Klein
Dec 2, 2023, 11:48 PM
Yosef and His Many Names
Jacob’s penultimate son was born to him by his beloved with Rachel after many years of her going childless. The Bible relates that upon his birth, Rachel exclaimed, “Hashem has gathered up (asaf) my embarrassment,” further noting that she...
Nov 30, 2023, 11:08 PM
The Alter Rebbe – A Window to Heaven
The 19th of Kislev (December 2, 2023) is when the (Rebbe) Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi was freed from his severe imprisonment in St. Petersburg in 1798. False and defamatory charges led to accusations of treason against the Russian...
Nov 30, 2023, 9:31 PM
Collective Responsibility (Vayishlach, Covenant & Conversation)
By any standards it was a shocking episode. Jacob had settled on the outskirts of the town of Shechem, ruled by Hamor. Dina, Jacob’s daughter, goes out to see the town. Shechem, Hamor’s son, sees her, abducts and rapes...
Nov 30, 2023, 9:29 PM
Insulting the Dead: Devorah’s Burial and Rachel’s Tomb
Why was it important to inform us of Devorah’s death? She has no obvious contextual significance, yet the text feels we must know that she died, when she died and her method of interment? The death of Devorah is so...
Nov 30, 2023, 1:07 PM
“Fact Checking” Parashat Vayishlach 5784
Factchecking is the act of verifying the factuality of a story or a claim. With nearly all of the information in the world readily available at our fingertips, factchecking has become an integral part of the news cycle. “No...
Nov 29, 2023, 11:40 PM
Flatterer’s Folly (Vayishlach)
“Flattery is all right if you don't inhale.” -Adlai E. Stevenson Some twenty years earlier, Jacob had pretended to be his brother Esau and deceived their blind father to bestow blessings on him that had been originally intended for Esau....
Nov 29, 2023, 7:24 PM
Reconciliation in the Torah and in our time
The violence which we are witnessing between the Israel Defense Forces and the militias of Hamas in recent weeks is not new to the land of the Bible. The book of Genesis is full of such violent stories. On...