Parashah Roundup: Vayetze 5768

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by Steve Brizel

Yaakov and Lavan

  • R. Ephraim Buchwald, based upon R Samson Rafael Hirsch, explores the interaction between Yaakov and Lavan: link
  • Yaakov and the Jewish Home

  • R. Zev Leff shows why the Jewish home and Yaakov are integrally related: link
  • The Personality of Yaakov

  • R. Avigdor Nevenzahl explores how Yaakov prevailed over the atmosphere and environment in Lavan’s household: link
  • Dr. Amos Bar-da discusses Yaakov’s spiritual growth: link
  • R. Amnon Bazak analyzes why Yaakov fled from Lavan: link
  • R. Yaakov Medan investigates how Yaakov fulfilled a Neder Bes Tzarah: link
  • R. Michael Rosenzweig contrasts Yaakov and Esau and helps us undestand that persistence and initiative are essential in Avodas HaShem: link
  • R. Berel Wein emphasizes the importance of teaching Torah values in addition to Torah knowledge: link
  • Yaakov and Galus

  • R. Asher Brander discusses why Yaakov is identified with Galus: link
  • Yaakov and Tefilas Maariv

  • R. Jonathan Sacks investigates why Yaakov Avinu is associated with Tefilas Maariv: link
  • Spotted and Speckled Sheep

  • R. Shlomoh Wolbe zt”l discusses the positive power of the imagination: link (DOC)
  • Kever Rachel

  • R. Shlomo Riskin investigates the historical significance of Kever Rachel: link
  • Acharon Acharon Chaviv Department

    The OU has asked all of us to emphasize the importance of Jerusalem in our faith this Shabbos: link

  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein explores the special merit that our generation has to a united Jewish Jerusalem: link
  • R. Ezra Bick discusses why Jerusalem is so important to us and the structure of two brachos in the weekday Shemoneh Esreh: link (DOC)
  • About Gil Student

    Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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