The Elbalming of Yakov

The Embalming of Yakov When Yakov is Niftar, Yosef has him embalmed. In general, embalming is counter to the idea that the body needs to decompose to remove the sin of Adam, which is known as עטיו של נחש, the remnant of the sin of the snake. That is why in Shemoneh Esreh we say,…

Carrying a Burden – An idea from the from the Prsha

In this week’s parsha, when the Torah describes the brothers removing their sacks to prove that the gavia wasn’t inside, the wording used is וַיְמַהֲרוּ וַיּוֹרִדוּ אִישׁ אֶת אַמְתַּחְתּוֹ אָרְצָה וַיִּפְתְּחוּ אִישׁ אַמְתַּחְתּוֹ: Why does the pasuk have to emphasize that each person took down their own sack? In the Sefer Likutei Yehuda, it says…

The First Perek of Hoshea

The first Perek is about Hashem’s command to Hoshea to marry a woman of ill repute and have children with her. This seems be quite unusual. Chazal explain that another conversation precedes this. Hoshea said to Hashem, exchange Klal Yisroel for another nation. They have sinned so much, why do You need them? מסכת פסחים…