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The World Is Not What We Think It Is

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Shemot: Four Commentators A New Meaning for Lamah When Moshe and Aharon first come to Par’oh with the request/demand to let the people serve Hashem in the desert, Par’oh questions lamah they seek to interrupt the people’s labors, 5;4. HaKetav VeHaKabbalah quotes Shemot Rabbah (I only found it in Tanchuma VaEra 6), where the Midrash asks what lamah is, and answers “you lamah, and your words lamah.” ...

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Bearing the Burden in Wartime

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Bearing the Burden in Wartime: Lessons from Moshe Rabbeinu in Times of Crisis In the midst of the current challenges facing Am Yisrael—enduring a war for survival, grappling with the emotional toll of conflicts against our citizens and values, and navigating through persistent mental and physical hardships, including killings, maimings, and displacement a period of ...

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In Times of War, the Power of Presence

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz In Times of War, the Power of Presence:  A Lesson for Today from Hagaon  Rav Chaim Shmulevitz on Parshas Vayechi During the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Israel faced a formidable military threat, endangering its very survival against a coalition of Arab states. On Erev Succos, Rav Chaim Shmulevitz delivered a Mussar Shmuess at Yeshivas ...

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Paths to Success, Psychological and Cultural

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat VaYechi: Four Commentators Crying, the External Expression of Strong Emotion In verses three and eleven of chapter fifty, HaKetav VeHaKabbalah cites an interpretation of R. Solomon Pappenheim not in line with our usual one, with interesting results. Verse three uses the verb of bechi, crying, to describe the Egyptians’ reaction to Ya’akov’s death. R. Pappenheim relates the word ...

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Lessons from Chushim: Not Becoming Accustomed to War

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz In the final chapters of the Sefer Bereshis, the narrative unfolds as Yosef leads the procession to bury his father, Yaakov, in the Me’aras HaMachpela:  So Yosef went up to bury his father, and all Pharaoh’s servants, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt went up with him. ...

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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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Good, Bad, and How We Experience Them

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat VaYigash: Four Commentators The words and overall pessimism of Ya’akov’s response to Par’oh’s query about his age (more literally, how many are the years of his life), 47;9, troubles HaKetav VeHaKabbalah. First, the words. Ya’akov seems to say he has lived 130 years, calling them days of the years of megurai, usually translated as my wanderings. He ...

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