Vayeitzei

פרשת ויצא – Holy sleep?

At the beginning of this week’s סדרה we find that יעקב ‘accidentally’ falls asleep in the place of the בית המקדש. While asleep he sees Hashem standing over him. Hashem tells him how is offspring will be as the dust of the earth, and how He will guard him, and…

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פרשת ויצא – Fluffy Ideas

In this weeks סדרה we find that יעקב passed by ירושלים and ended up in חרן. Realizing that he had passed the place where his ancestors had davened, he decided to go and pray at this auspicious place. רש"י[i] based on a גמרא[ii] says that he set off on the…

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Vayeitzei and Thanks Giving

As one may remember, our patriarch Yaakov had four wives: Rachel, Leah and their two maid-servants, Bilhah and Zilpah. Rachel and Leah, through prophesy, knew that Yaakov would have 12 sons, each establishing their own tribe, and thought that as Yaakov had four wives, each wife would give birth to…

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A Tale of Two Prophecies

After just one parsha in which Yitzchak is the ‘star of the show,’ our sedra moves the spotlight to the last of the Avos; Yaakov. We are told about Yaakov running from his father’s house to the house of Lavan, and hinted to the fourteen years which he spent in…

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Rachel's self-sacrifice; more than we think

Yaakov had worked seven years for the hand of Rachel in marriage, but on the night, Rachel swapped with Leah so that Leah would marry Yaakov. Yaakov had suspected that Lavan would try and swap round Rachel with Leah, so had given Rachel certain signs (simanim) that she would tell…

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Was Leah hated???

Rav Pam notes something well worth thiking about in our sedra. The pasuk (29;30) tells us that Yaakov loved Rachel more than Leah. The next pasuk tells us that HaShem saw that Leah was hated. Where did we see that Leah was hated; all we know is that Yaakov loved…

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The Rosh Yeshiva

Rav Karlinsky Snr z"l, when he was a young boy in Europe, was sent to learn in a yeshiva called Yeshivas Slobodka. It was a famous yeshiva comprised of the top students from Europe. To get in there you had to be the best. He was considered an illui at…

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