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Lessons from Vayigash in Times of Conflict

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz War’s dark echo hangs heavy across Israel, casting long shadows over our hearts and dimming the horizon. Fear threatens to overwhelm, and the path ahead feels uncertain. Yet the opening Pasuk of this week’s Parsha, Vayigash, whispers a vital lesson in these times of hardship. When uncertainty and fear grip our hearts, as war rages ...

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Revealing the Hidden Plan

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Lessons on Jewish Persecution from Parshat Vayigash This week’s Torah portion, Vayigash, recounts Yosef revealing himself to his brothers after years of exile and hardship, imparting a timeless lesson for the ongoing struggles of the Jewish people. Much like Yosef’s constant trials, we navigate from one challenge to another, often facing prolonged periods of isolation. ...

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Yosef and His Brothers: Lessons for Israel in Time of War

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Things are not always as they seem. In the story of Yosef in Bereshis, we discover Yosef’s unique approach to his brothers. Instead of quickly revealing himself to them, Yosef chooses a longer path. Until the revelation to his brothers, Yosef responds to them by accusing them of being spies, takes his brother Shimon into ...

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Yosef’s Lesson: Combating Indifference Today

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz When Yosef reveals himself in Egypt, he says, “I am your brother Yosef, whom you sold into Egypt” (Bereshis 45.6). However, as Rashbam comments on (Bereshis 37:28), the brothers did not directly sell Yosef. Instead, while they were eating some distance from the pit, Midianites passed by, extracted Yosef from the pit, and sold him ...

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Tekhelet Perception

by Dr. Baruch Sterman While I am always thrilled to see the issue of tekhelet being discussed (Tekhelet: Color Perception or Apprehension, Efraim Vaynman), and certainly in such a thorough and thoughtful way, I feel the need to clarify my own position and correct several mistakes. Harav Eliyahu Tavger, the founder of our non-profit Ptil Tekhelet organization, has pointed out ...

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Rethinking Orthodoxy and Biblical Criticism IV

Kippah and Gown: Rethinking Orthodoxy and Biblical Criticism Essay 4: Historical Discrepancies in Ancient Treaty Literature and in the Torah In this series * Essay 1 * Essay 2 * Essay 3 * Essay 4 In my previous essay we saw how the brit between God and Israel resembles the relationship between a sovereign and vassal in ancient Near Eastern ...

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Three Practical Ways Bad Theology Hurts Us

Note that this post is a response to a previous post by R. Efrem Goldberg (link). At the end of this post, R. Goldberg responds. In a recent post in this space, R. Efrem Goldberg noted how rhetoric can quickly heat up over issues such as the divine authorship of the Torah. He argued that, important as the question is, ...

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