Parsha Chayei Sara – The Family of Yishmoel

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2yz0vvdukbjn7ma/Parsha%20Chayei%20Sara%20The%20Family%20of%20Yishmoel.docx?dl=0 Within the biological family of the Avos, there are descendants other than Klal Yisroel. These include Yishmoel, Eisav, and the children of Keturah. I write the biological family, since the Gemarra[1] says that only Yitzchok and Yaakov are actually the descendants of Avrohom. But even so, the genealogy and families of Yishmoel and Eisav…

The Power of קבר רחל and בית לחם

What is the power of קבר רחל? Why is it such a potent place of תפילה and a gathering place for כלל ישראל? And why is it found in בית לחם in the section of Yehudah? The source of this spiritual potential is found in the fact that the burial of רחל is where the…