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Parsha Mitzvot: Vayechi: Rabbi Yom Tov Zahalon - The Right To Leave Israel Print


TaryagRelevant to the question of whether Jacob’s family was obligated to immediately return to Israel, I quote the following Responsum of Rabbi Yom Tov Zahalon (1557-1638): Question: This concerns the intelligent young man, Reb Mordechai, the Ashkenazi who came from Germany,

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Parsha Mitzvot: Vayechi: The Pleasure of Honoring Our Parents Print E-mail

Parsha MitzvotJudaism is all about choosing life, but there is one choice between life and death I find more challenging than others: “He who hates gifts will live.” (Proverbs 15:27) I enjoy writing thank you notes and find it difficult to experience a gift as a choice between life and death.
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Parsha Mitzvot: Vayechi: Visiting the Ill V Print E-mail

Parsha MitzvotWhat time of the day is best for visiting the sick? One should not visit in the first three hours of the day because many people look better in the morning and the visitor may not realize how ill the person is. This may lead the visitor to not pray with as much fervor as he would
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Parsha Mitzvot: Vayeitzei: Monuments & Bubblegum Print E-mail

TaryagA constant refrain of my childhood was: “A bubblegum tree will grow in your stomach if you swallow your gum.” It was intended to frighten me out of swallowing my gum, one of the greatest pleasures of my life.  I could not imagine that my mother would lie so I began
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Blessing of the Children I Print E-mail

Blessing ChildrenThe principle is that one bless his children that he merit to raise them to Torah, marriage and good deeds; that they be truly God-fearing with no ulterior motives but with complete sincerity; that they live long lives dedicated
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Blessing of the Children II Print E-mail

Blessing Children“May the Lord make you like Ephraim and Menashe.” This blessing is taken from Genesis 48:20. It is from the episode when Jacob conferred his blessing upon the two sons of Joseph. He prefaced his blessing with the words, “With you will Israel bless its own children saying
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Blessing of the Children III Print E-mail
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Blessing ChildrenEphraim and Menashe were singled out as the models for blessing because they were unique. Although they were not sons of Jacob and, therefore, should not have had the status of individual tribes any more than did Jacob’s other grandchildren, the patriarch elevated them to the status of separate tribes. Rather than being considered merely
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Blessing of the Children IV Print E-mail
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Blessing ChildrenA central feature of the chapter describing Jacob’s blessing is that Jacob gave priority to the younger son, Ephraim, over his older brother Menashe. Agra D’Pirka sees in this and the reaction to it of the two grandsons, the ethical reason why they were singled
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Blessing of the Children VI Print E-mail
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Blessing ChildrenMenashe and Ephraim were the first Jews born and raised in exile. What is more, they were raised in Pharaoh’s court at a time when there was no Jewish religious life in Egypt except for the
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So What-Vayechi-Shabbat Themes Print E-mail
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Shabbat-Sabbath-Prayer-Kavanot-Kavanah-Vayechi“Issachar is a mighty donkey lying down among the saddlebags. When he sees how good is his resting, and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor (Genesis 49:14-15).”
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Blessing of the Children V: Yosef Ometz Print E-mail
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Blessing ChildrenIt appears to me that the idea behind the blessing of a Tzaddik is to draw the blessing from heaven to the one who is being blessed by opening the recipient’s pipes to heaven, his soul and his ability to receive from God.
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