Vayeitzei

The Root of Tzedaka

וְכל אֲשֶׁר תִּתֶּן-לִי, עַשֵּׂר אֲעַשְּׂרֶנּוּ לָך
In this Posuk (28:22) Yakov exclaims his intent to tithe all that he receives from H’. The double-use of the word tithe is detected by the Gemora in Kesuvos 50a, which learns from here that when giving charity, we are only required to give…

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The Murderous Yeshiva Bochur

Eisav sends his son Eliphaz to kill his uncle, Yaakov. Eliphaz, hunts down Yaakov immediately. But when he sees Yaakov, he has trouble pulling the trigger. Why? Because Eliphaz grew up in the Yeshiva and under the influence of his grandfather Yitzchok. So what does he do? Uncle Yaakov sells…

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Only tears from Mama Rochel can bring the Geula.

When Rochel out of frustration complained to Yaakov about not having children, Yaakov got angry with her. The mefarshim say, based on a medrash, that Yaakov was punished for getting angry at Rochel and telling her that she needs to daven to Hashem and not complain to him. Rav Moshe…

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Destinations

This week’s portion of the law sees Yaakov avinu run from the Land of Israel to find refuge in the house of Lavan, and, after many years of work, he marries Leah and Rochel respectively, and has many children. Finally, at the end of the sedra he returns to the…

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For Heavens Sake

 

 

 

We are all familiar with the Medrash (quoted by Rashi) that relates how Yaakov gathered the stones and placed them around his head. The stones began quarreling with one another. "I want the tzaddik to place his head on me!" "No, I want him to rest his…

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