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    Vayetze

    Learning and Dreaming

    Yaakov had two preparations for his life with Lavan – 14 years of study in the yeshiva of Shem and Ever, and the dream of the ladder. These helped him survive the period successfully. Although Yaakov already obtained the berachot that ensured his ultimate success, including financially, he was not satisfied. After all, fortune can cause its owner’s downfall (Kohelet 5:12). For a meaningful life of activity, he needed to be a talmid chacham, who could study in his free time in a significant way. He entered a life of intensive study in the ancient yeshiva. The beracha Yaakov received from his father was literally, “from the dew of the heaven and the fats of the land, and a multitude of grain and wine.” However, he understood it like the midrash – referring, respectively, to Tanach, Mishna, Talmud, and aggada (Bereishit Rabba 66:3). When Yaakov put in long hours on Lavan’s flock (see Bereishit 31:40), he contemplated Torah ideas while at work.

    Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli zt"l | Kislev 4 5777
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    Vayetze

    “For Me, G-d” – in Eretz Yisrael

    Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli zt"l | 5778
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Avoiding a Ladder that Stays on the Ground

    Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli zt"l | 5772
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