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There are those who enjoy the luxury of traveling first class and there are those who would rather endure a few hours with the worst airline sitting in the worst seat if it saves them a few bucks. What a contrast two seats and two airlines can make in travel. We see that same contrast in “flights” from Israel up to Syria in these parshiot. Two weeks ago we read of the servant of Abraham going up to Syria to find a wife for Isaac. He takes with him a caravan of ten camels along with servants, gold, silver, jewelry, clothing, gifts, fruits and delicacies. First class going and coming.
Last week, Isaac commanded his son Jacob to go up to Syria for the same purpose. Upon Jacob’s arrival, Laban comes to greet him. Although Eliezer came almost
In this week`s parsha we discover how we might best develop our spiritual potential and find more meaning in our lives.
Our father Jacob had a vision through a dream that speaks to us for all time. In his dream he beheld a ladder anchored to the ground reaching heavenward, with angels ascending and descending. This dream evokes many questions. Why do angels need a ladder? And should they not descend before they ascend? Why is a ladder the connecting link between heaven and earth? Why not a
We read each day in the Shema, “You shall love Hashem your G-d with all your heart – Levavchem” . The word should read Levchem – your heart. The Talmud asks why the double language of Levavchem and explains to us that loving Hashem with one’s whole heart means serving Him with both our yetzer hatov – our good inclination and with our yetzer hara – our evil inclination. The Gaon Rabbenu Eliyahu from Vilna explains that the righteous use even their physical desires only to serve Hashem
This week’s Torah portion. A simple reading of the three verses leaves more questions than answers. So we looked at Rashi at that left us with even more questions.
“And these are the generations of Isaac the son of Abraham; Abraham begot Isaac.” Do we learn anything from this verse that we didn’t know before? We spent an entire portion two weeks learning of the birth of Isaac and last week’s portion focused on finding Isaac a wife. All of us know that Isaac is Abraham’s son, so why tell us again
This week’s parsha imparts to us lessons for life - how we should conduct ourselves in our daily affairs and in our relationships.
Interestingly enough, these teachings are not imparted as commands, but rather through example, for in the end, that is the best way to teach proper conduct (i.e.; If your children hear you say “Thank you” and “Please”, they too will say “Thank you” and “Please”, etc.). I will mention just a few of the teachings that are highlighted in this parsha which shape our