Parshas VaYigash – The End of the Famine

Download as Word At the end of this week’s Parsha, Yakov and his family descend to Mitzrayim. Aside from the beginning of the Galus for Klal Yisroel, there are major ramifications for the country of Egypt. The famine is now entering its third year, and the population have exhausted all of their resources. They beseech…

Chanukah and Money

Download as Word The Rambam begins Hilchos Chanukah with the following description of the oppression of the Jews by the Greeks: רמב”ם הלכות חנוכה פרק ג – (א) בבית שני כשמלכו יון גזרו גזרות על ישראל ובטלו דתם ולא הניחו אותם לעסוק בתורה ובמצות ופשטו ידם בממונם ובבנותיהם ונכנסו להיכל ופרצו בו פרצות וטמאו הטהרות…

Chanukah and Yosef- Serving HaShem with Life

Download as Word There is a specific Midah that is crucial to a person living a fulfilling of Avodas HaShem. That is to be alive, and always be renewed. This is found both in the VaYeshev, and in the concept of Chanukah. The word Chanukah means to dedicate something that is newly built. Since we…

Parshas VaYishlach – Yakov and Yisroel

Download as Word One of the themes of this week’s Parsha is the renaming of Yakov. When Yakov overcomes the angel of Eisav, he has no choice but to reveal to Yakov that his name will be changed to Yisroel. Then later in the Parsha, in Bet EL, HaShem actually does that and tells Yakov…

Parshas Vayetze – Galed and the Greeks

Download as Word Parshas VaYetze begins and ends with the cycle of Yakov’s circular journey; from leaving Eretz Yisroel as a single fugitive from Eisav, to returning back to Eretz Yisroel with an almost complete nation. The main theme of the Parsha is his battle with Lavan. This battle is replete with Yakov, the paragon…

Parshas Toldos – The Olah Temima of Yitzchok

Download as Word The Pasuk says, “And I will remember the covenant of Yakov, and even the covenant of Yitzchok, and the covenant of Avrohom I will remember.” Chazal say [1] that the word ‘remember’ is missing by Yitzchok, since it is as if his ashes are gathered up and remain on the Mizbeach. Therefore,…

Parshas Chayei Sarah – Be’er Lachai Roi

This week’s Parsha is the transition from the era of Avrohom to that of Yitzchok. Sarah passes away, and is buried, Yitzchok finds his partner (his other half in Avodas HaShem); the passing of Avrohom, and the choosing of Yitzchok as heir. At the end of the Parsha, Avrohom designates Yitzchok as his continuation, and…