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    Vayigash

    Jacob sent Judah before him... to guide him: like Jacob, like the Ben Ish Chai

    What did our father Jacob ask of Joseph just before he went down to Egypt? And how are these things related to good leadership?

    Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu | Tevet 6 5782
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    Vayigash

    The Birth of Forgiveness

    Joseph forgave. That was a first in history. Yet the Torah hints that the brothers did not fully appreciate the significance of his words. After all, he did not explicitly use the word ‘forgive’. He told them not to be distressed

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Tevet 5 5782
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    Did He Know?

    How much did our father Jacob really know about the events previously described in the Torah readings? There are various streams of thought regarding this matter.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Tevet 5 5782
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    All Together Now!

    Yakov is anxious. Frightened. Scared. He is about to leave Israel, the land he knows is his true home, for the depraved environment of Egypt. On the other hand, he is desperate to be reunited with Yosef.

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Tevet 4 5782
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    Praying, Kiddush and the Meals

    A Haftarah from Yechezkel

    Who chose which haftaros we read? In what ways is the book of Yechezkel unusual? Why is the haftarah on Shabbos seldom from Yechezkel?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Tevet 3 5782
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    The Hidden Sale

    Before revealing his identity, Yosef commanded all others to leave the room (ibid. 45:1). Why was this important to him?

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Tevet 3 5782
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    Stop, Look..…and Listen!

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Tevet 9 5781
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    2 min
    Vayigash

    Heart To Heart

    The language that needs no translation.

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Tevet 9 5781
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    Parashat Hashavua

    More on the Passage of Time

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Tevet 8 5781
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    Vayigash

    Vayigash

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Tevet 6 5781
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    Vayigash

    The Unexpected Leader

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Tevet 5 5781
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    4 min
    Vayigash

    Return to Israel the Moment It's Possible

    Beyond the 4 Amot

    In this week's Torah reading of Vayigash, Yosef's brothers come down to Egypt because of the terrible famine in the land of Israel. There is a difference between their original plan and the reality at the end of the Parasha.

    Baruch Gordon | Tevet 6 5780
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    Vayigash

    A Hard Nachal – But What Is a Nachal?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Tevet 3 5780
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Service in the Israeli Army and Lineage – part I

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Tevet 3 5780
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    Covenant & Conversation

    The Future of the Past

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Tevet 1 5780
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    Parashat Hashavua

    One Dream at a Time?

    We continue to discuss Yosef’s dream(s). We saw that Yosef’s attempt to appease his brothers by means of sharing his dream backfired. “His brothers said to him: ‘Will you be king over us, or will you rule over us?’ They continued to hate him because of his dreams and his words” (Bereishit 37:8).

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Tevet 5 5779
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    Vayigash

    FATHER, CAN YOU HEAR ME?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Tevet 5 5779
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    Covenant & Conversation

    Does My Father Love Me?

    Vayigash 5779

    Vayigash 5779

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Tevet 1 5779
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    Vayigash

    What is the connection between the agalot ("carriages") and our redemption?

    Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon | 5778
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    Parashat Hashavua

    “Send Everyone Away” – Unity or Division?

    Before Yosef revealed his identity to his brothers, he commanded those around him: “Send out every man from before me” (Bereishit 45:1). This exact expression is found in another place in Tanach – when Amnon was preparing to inappropriately (to speak very mildly) interact with his half-sister Tamar (Shmuel II, 13:9). What is the connection between Yosef and Yaakov’s other sons, and Amnon ben Achinoam and Tamar bat Maacha, the children of David? It can be demonstrated that Shmuel II, 13 serves as a mirror image of the story of Yosef and his brothers, as we will discuss in Tzofnat Shmuel. Let us start with a limited focus.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Tevet 4 5778
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