Vayeitzei

Leah got more than she deserved.. did you???

When Leah had her fourth child she named him Yehudah, saying, "HaPaam Odeh Es Hashem" - "This time I must thank Hashem". Rashi asks, why is it specifically by this child that she had to thank Hashem? He explains, Leah knew that Yaakov would have 4 wives and 12 children.…

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money money money...

There's an especially cryptic ba'al haturim this week, so for any fans of mysteries here goes... Referring to Yaakov's dream of the ladder and the ascending & descending angels, the ba'al haturim comments that ladder ('sulam') has the same genatria as money ('mamon')[28;12]. The reason, he says, is since money…

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the grattitude attitude

After watching painfully as her co-wives have children for Yaakov, Rochel has a first child by the name of Yosef. One reason given for this name is that 'for HaShem has hidden my disgace' (30;23). Rashi brings a midrash which explains that Rochel was pleased that if a pot broke…

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Vayeitzei

There was no doubt that in our rich history there where few bachelors as eligible as Yakov. Those attuned to spirituality knew that this great man held the key to building the nation and Rachel could not have happier than to be his partner in moulding Jewish destiny. As Yakov…

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VaYeitzei : Yaakov's Brothers

"And Yaakov said to them [the shepherds]: My brothers, where do you come from?" (Bereishit 29:4) .

Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetzky asks why Yaakov calls these shepherds whom he had not met before 'My brothers'?

He explains that Yaakov wanted to rebuke them (for slacking on the job*) and we know…

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how was Yaakov the 'man of truth?'

Parshas Vayeitzei; Man of Truth Parshas Vayeitzei opens with Yaakov’s dream of the ladder, and HaShem’s assurance of the inheritance of Eretz Yisrael. Yaakov then hops off to Lavan, and by the end of the sedra he has married Leah and Rachel and has a rather sizeable family of eleven…

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From Galus to Galus

The Chofetz Chaim asks a rather pertinent question in our sedra. The years of galus were already being counted when Yaakov lived in Lavan’s home. If so, why did HaShem make Yaakov go down to Egypt and continue the galus there; why not stay with Lavan? The Chofetz Chaim answers…

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