Blessing on the kids

48:20 contains the famous blessing Yaakov gave to Yosef’s sons - a blessing that many people have the custom to give to their children on Friday night; ‘yesimcha Elokim k’efrayim u’chimenashe.’ Why do we give these blessings to our children - why do we not bless our children that they…

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life after death

Our sedra is called ‘Vayechi’(‘and he lived), whilst it is the sedra in which Yaakov dies. A coincidence? Ironic? Not quite. The gemarra (Ta’anis 5b) tells us that ‘Yaakov Avinu did not die.’ This means that the legacy that Yaakov imbued within us lives on - the imprint of his…

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Yaakov's Last Message

There is a Torah concept that the name of something is an exact expression of its essence. The Hebrew word for a ‘thing’ (d’var) also comes to mean a ‘word’. When Ya’acov’s sons were gathered around their father on his death bed they waited to hear when the Moshiach would…

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galus is temporary

After Ya’akov Avinu dies and the brothers journey to Eretz Yisrael to fulfil Ya’akov’s wish of being buried with his family in ma’aras hamachpela, the Torah reports that the brothers were worried that Yosef would ‘pay them back’ for the bad that they had done to him in selling him…

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Shema Yisroel... The meaning of life

Then Jacob called for his sons and said, “Assemble yourselves and I will tell you what will befall you in “The End of Days”. Gather yourselves and listen, O sons of Jacob, and listen to Israel your father. (Breishis 49:1) When they had assembled they thought they would hear a…

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How many Years do you owe your parents??

"Yaakov lived in Mitzrayim for 17 years; and the days of Yaakov, the years of his life were 147 years".

We know from Parshas VaYigash (47:9) that Yaakov was 130 years old when he came to Mitzrayim. Once the pasuk informs us that he lived the remainder of his life…

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