parshat Vayishlach

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cc-by-nc-sa2.0 Sangjun YiRachel is Weeping
At present, Rachel the Matriarch continues to offer supplication on behalf of her children. Rachel is weeping, and her children weep with her.
  • Rachel Imeinu: The Mother Who Never Stops
    In honor of our Matriarch Rachel, about whom we learn in this week's Torah portion of Vayishlah, we present a collection of thoughts on what she stands for, and what all mothers stand for.
  • The Parable of the Tribes
    The story of Dina is an extraordinary passage. It seems to lack any kind of moral message. No one comes out of it well. What teaching does the Torah want us to draw from this narrative out of which no one emerges well?
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    Ya'akov's Messengers
    We learn that Ya'akov actually sends the angels on a mission! How is it therefore possible that angels could function as the agents of a human being? Angels are not "Children of the covenant!"
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    The Parable of the Tribes
    The story of Dina is an extraordinary passage. It seems to lack any kind of moral message. No one comes out of it well. What teaching does the Torah want us to draw from this narrative?
  • All in the Family
    The cataclysmic Battle of the Brothers, so feared by a trembling Yakov - who had dreaded this confrontation for 22 long years, since the day he wrested the birthright from his twin Esav – never materialized.
  • Jacob's Flees
    We seem to find our father Jacob always in some sort of flight. He flees from the wrath of his brother Eisav and spends decades in exile in the house of Lavan. Eventually, he is forced to flee from Lavan
  • Silence And Solitude
    Positive role models can only take us so far in our search for maturity. How do we step into the shoes of our mentors and become role models for others?
  • 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?
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