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    Vayishlach

    Camels and Gamals – For Better and for Worse

    Through hard work, honesty, and Divine Assistance, Yaakov left Charan with great riches. However, when Yaakov describes to Eisav his material good fortune, he mentions everything but camels. Where did they disappear to?

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | KIslev 10 5782
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    Parashat Hashavua

    “Save”?

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Kislev 17 5781
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    Parashat Hashavua

    A Working Malach - part II

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Kislev 11 5780
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    Parashat Hashavua

    An Angel of a Man

    Last week we discussed different possibilities raised in midrashim and commentaries about who Yaakov’s “brothers,” who took part in the tense interactions between Yaakov and Lavan, were. This week we will humbly raise another possibility, which also connects those events to the events of Parashat Vayishlach.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Kislev 12 5779
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Holy but Still Secondary

    The Torah tells us in our Parasha that Yaakov, upon returning to Eretz Yisrael, lived in Kiryat Arba/Chevron, and described it as the place where Avraham and Yitzchak lived before him (Bereishit 35:27). The first formal acquisition of land by our forefathers was there some 4,000 years ago. In contrast, Yerushalayim is a Jewish city for only 3,000 years.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Kislev 11 5778
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    Vayishlach

    All about Yatzov

    Hebrew is a special language, as the Ramban (Shemot 30:13) explains so beautifully. We call it Lashon Hakodesh because the words of Torah and of prophecy were given in this beloved language, including invoking His holy names. In fact, Hashem used Lashon Hakodesh to create the world and name everything in it, including giving the names of the righteous people. Today we will look at the deep way in which the root “yatzov” is used.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Kislev 12 5777
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    Parashat Hashavua

    About Unity, Earthquakes, Prayer, and Miracles

    After leaving Lavan’s house, Yaakov and family passed through Gilad, Sukkot and, on the other side of the Jordan, camped near Shechem. 600 years later, David led his troops, as described in Tehillim 60, in the opposite direction, from Shechem in the west, through Sukkot and Gilad to the east (ibid. 9). This mizmor is introduced with the heading as relating to the very successful battle against Aram, which is also discussed in Shmuel II,10.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Kislev 11 5776
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    Parashat Hashavua

    A Powerful Pasuk, After All!

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | 5774
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Presents, Prayer, and Battle – Always?

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | 5773
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    Parashat Hashavua

    A Leap of Faith for All Involved

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | 5772
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    Vayishlach

    Remove the Foreign Gods From Your Midst

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Kislev 5768
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    Vayishlach

    Double Messages

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | 18 Kislev 5767
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    Vayishlach

    Long-term Investments

    Parashat Vayishlach

    Parashat Vayishlach

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Kislev 5766
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    Vayishlach

    The Missing Camels

    Parashat Vayishlach

    Parashat Vayishlach

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | 14 Kislev 5765
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    Vayishlach

    The System of Appointing Kings

    Parashat Vayishlach

    Parashat Vayishlach

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | 5764
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