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We’re all Going – Rabbi Yoni Miller

Finally, after being tormented by 7 plagues and after being begged by his servants Paroh relents. “and he said to them, “Go, worship the Lord your G-D” (10:8). The news they had been waiting for, free at last.  The Jewish people would be free from the oppression of Mitzrayim and would finally be able to…

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What is “Yiras Shamayim” (Fear of G-D?) – Rav Motty Berger

“Fear of G-D” is an old-fashioned phrase.  It doesn’t seem to fit into our confident, self-assured world.  It seems to imply – well – fearfulness.  But Rav Noach Weinberg taught that this week’s Parsha gives us the Torah’s down-to-earth definition of “fear of G-D”. In Shemos 9:19, Moshe tells Pharaoh to take the people and livestock into…

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Learning from Example – Rabbi Aryeh Brueckheimer

The Torah ascribes the near death experience that occurred to Moshe on his way back to Mitzrayim to his delay in performing his son’s bris milah.  Rav Hirsch (4:24) explains why Hashem felt Moshe deserved to die for this oversight.              Rav Hirsch explains that the success of Moshe mission of taking Bnei Yisroel out…

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Growing From Our Flaws – Rabbi Gavriel Errera

In his last moments on this earth Yackov used his G-dly given powers to bless the holy tribes, and to define their destiny. He begins by giving Reuven reproof and criticizing him, then he continues by cursing the anger of Shimon and Levi. Is that all Yaakov can say as parting words?!   What sort of…

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The Tie That Binds – Rabbi Aryeh Kravetz

In parshas Vayigash, Yehuda approaches Pharaoh’s right-hand man to plead for the return of his brother, Binyamin. Unbeknownst to Yehuda, he is actually bargaining with his own brother, Yosef. As he pleads for Binyamin’s release, he says “v’nafsho keshura b’nafsho” – and his soul is bound with his soul. Yehuda was telling Yosef that Yaakov’s life…

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להודות ולהלל – Rabbi Micha Sklar

The על הניסים addition for Chanuka concludes by stating that the חכמים instituted חנוכה as a time “to express thanks and praise to Your great Name – להודות ולהלל לשמך הגדול”. For one to be able to reach such a high level of emotion where he really feels compelled to praise Hashem – הלל, this…

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A Time and a Place for Everything- Rabbi Moishe Jacobson

Yosef is described by the Torah as being a naar – youth. Rashi explains this is referring to the fact that Yosef would busy himself styling his hair and eyebrows in order to look good. Later in the Parsha (39:6) the possuk tells us, that Yosef was very good looking and again Rashi says, that…

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Appreciating the kindness of Hashem- Rabbi Cohen

”קטנתי מכל החסדים ומכל האמת אשר עשית את עבדיך” Yaakov said “I am humbled from receiving all this kindness from Hashem” Yaakov was saying that he is not befitting all the kindness bestowed upon him. Hashem is so good to us and grants us so many blessings. If we would focus on how much goodness…

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Staying Focused – Rabbi Yosef Hershman

The beginning of Parshas Vayeitzei recounts how Yaakov Avinu goes to sleep after taking a bunch of rocks and placing them around his head. In the morning, the rocks have miraculously turned into one. We know that the Torah does not relate all the details of the lives of the Avos. The stories that are…

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Proper Perspective – Rav Aryeh Brueckheimer

          When telling the details of Esav selling his bechora to Yaakov, the Torah says that Yaakov, “had given” (25:24) Esav the soup.  Rav Hirsch (there) says that we can understand from this wording that Esav was not pressured into selling his bechora for the soup, but rather that it was at the time when…

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