These are the generations of Jacob: when Joseph was seventeen years old, being a shepherd, he was with his brothers with the flocks, and he was a lad, and was with the sons of Bilhah and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought evil tales about them to their father. (Bereshis 37:2)
When Jacob sought to dwell in tranquility, the troubles of Joseph sprang upon him. The righteous seek to dwell in tranquility. Said the Holy One, blessed be He, “What is prepared for… Continue
Added by Rav Mitterhoff on November 30, 2007 at 10:40am —
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on November 30, 2007 at 9:43am —
The aftermath of Yossef’s sale (Bereshit 37: 23-36) saw a breakdown in familial relationships. Yaakov was mourning the loss of his son, Yossef, Yossef mourned being separated from his father. Reuven mourned the loss of Yossef in to slavery. Yehuda left and found himself a wife. G-D involved with creating the light of Mashiach. (see Midrash Rabbah 85:1)…
Added by Bernard S. Antin on November 30, 2007 at 7:11am —
SEIF 7 (CONTINUED)
A MONEY BAG SEWN ONTO CLOTHES
In the case of a money bag that was sewed onto clothes, the Rama says, if there is no money in it on Shabbos, you may wear the clothes on Shabbos, since the bag becomes Batul to the clothes and becomes part of it. The Magen Avraham asks: What's the Chiddush? Even if it wouldn't be Batul, the worst it is is a Kli Shemalachto L'Issur (utensil who's main use is for a prohibited act) which…
Added by rav chaim on November 28, 2007 at 10:36pm —
Do we understand anything more about these yeshivos at which Yaakov learned for 14 years?
Who were the students of these yeshivos other than Yaakov?
If Avraham Avinu is described (my source is an Aish audio lecture) as having intellectually discovering the necessity of Hashem's existence as Creator thus fulfilling mankind's potential in that regard, since Shem and Eiver and their yeshivos predate Avraham, what did they teach, and why weren't they, or their other students,… Continue
Added by Chaim on November 25, 2007 at 4:00am —
Be careful not to accept Esav with two hands and not to push him away with two hands either.
Lately, I’ve been intrigued by the struggle between good and evil, light and darkness, Yaakov and Esav.
The actual struggle between these two brothers became the prototype of the Jewish struggle with myriads of outside forces and enemies that wanted to destroy
But, before Yaakov re-met Esav… Continue
Added by Yaacov Haber on November 24, 2007 at 10:41pm —
The night before encountering his brother Our Father Yaakov wrestled an angel (Bereshit 32: 25-30). The sages says Rashi ZT’L ZY’A (see end commentary 32:25 ) identify the angel as the patron angel of Essav. The imagery then that always remained was a lone Jew beating down all the forces that oppose him. Essentially, a street fight between a Jew and Anti-Semite something any Yeshiva kid growing up in the 1960’s and 1970’s can relate to. Though… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on November 23, 2007 at 5:03am —
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on November 22, 2007 at 11:47pm —
And the young man did not delay to do the thing because he desired Jacob's daughter, and he was the most honored in all his father's household. And Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city, and they spoke to the people of their city, saying, "These men are peaceful with us, and they will dwell in the land and do business there, and the land behold it is spacious enough for them. We will take their daughters for ourselves as wives, and we will give them our daughters. However,… Continue
Added by Rav Mitterhoff on November 21, 2007 at 9:38pm —
Dear Friends, Continue
To make your Chanukah more meaningful this year we have worked very hard
translating and annotating the Megillas Antiochus - The Scroll of Antiochus.
This ancient scroll which dates back to the first century B.C.E. is read on
Chanukah in many Yemenite and Italian synagogues. It retells the story of the
heroic Maccabees and brings to life one of the true…
Added by Yaacov Haber on November 20, 2007 at 11:13pm —
SEIF 7 (CONTINUED)
BOSIS NOT ON THE MAIN PART OF UTENSIL
If Muktza was placed on a secondary part of a utensil, but there was nothing on it's main part, the Trumas Hadeshen says that it's not Bosis and you may move the utensil. He brings a proof from the Gemara Shabbos 44b. If someone puts money on a wheel that is removed from the wagon, the wheel becomes Bosis to it. Tosfos explains that if the wheel would be attached to the wagon, the money on top of it would not make it… Continue
Added by rav chaim on November 20, 2007 at 7:34pm —
I once got a very condescending and vilifying email regarding a dvar Torah of mine. I had 3 options: 1) Respond in a similar manner, 2) Ignore it, 3) Apologize for being a little too ambiguous. I chose the 3rd option.
"And he (Yaacov) bowed down (to Eisav) seven times..." (Biraishis 33:3-4) Rashi says that when Eisav saw how much honor Yaacov was giving him, his compassion for Yaacov poured forth. The Ohr Yahal explains that even though Yaacov might have… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on November 20, 2007 at 7:17pm —
By Rabbi Yaacov Haber
In our own lives, we sometimes fall asleep on hallowed ground.
Imagine going to sleep and having the most spectacular dream humanly possible. Yaacov dreamt of a ladder standing with its feet planted firmly in the ground extending deep into the heavens. This became the trademark for spirituality. On it walked Angels of G-d. They went up and they went down. The Torah shares with us just a very short part of one of the most spectacular dreams in history.… Continue
Added by Yaacov Haber on November 17, 2007 at 7:16pm —
The Images that make up Yaakov Our Father’s dream (Bereshit 28:10-15) are to say the least are dramatic. A ladder bridging the distance between heaven and earth, the ascending and descending angels are only eclipsed by G-D Himself declaring His promise to Yaakov (28:13-15). Yet to limit the scriptural narrative to its surface content misses the point.…
Added by Bernard S. Antin on November 16, 2007 at 8:32am —
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on November 16, 2007 at 6:56am —
And the Lord said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your forefathers and to your birthplace, and I will be with you." So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field, to his flocks. And he said to them, "I see your father's (Lavan's) countenance, that he is not disposed toward me as he was yesterday and the day before, but the God of my father was with me. (Bereishis 31 - 3,4,5)
It appears from these verses that if Yaakov felt Lavan was happy with him he would have stayed. Why… Continue
Added by Rav Mitterhoff on November 16, 2007 at 12:42am —
"You shouldn't whine about getting a 99 on the final instead of a 100 in front of students who got 50's and 60's."
"Let them study harder, and besides, who tells them to be jealous."
"And Rochel saw that she was not having any children... And Rochel envied her sister (who had a few children)." Biraishis 30:1) Of course, jealousy is not good (right now, I wll just say, see the Messillas Yeshorim/ The Path of the Just or the Orchos Tzaddikim/The Way of the… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on November 15, 2007 at 6:40am —
SEIF 7 (CONT.)
TO REMOVE THE STATUS OF A Bag THAT WAS DESIGNATED TO HOLD MONEY
The Rama says, that if you had a bag that was designated to hold money and you want to change it back to a regular bag so it won't be Muktza, it's not enough to say that he designates it to be a regular bag. He has to do some action to change the bag in order to designate it to a regular bag.
The Gra brings a Mishna in the twenty fifth Perek of Keilim as a Mekor for this. It says there, if… Continue
Added by rav chaim on November 14, 2007 at 1:05am —
By Rabbi Yaacov Haber
Yitzchok can inherit the Land of Israel; but only because his father was Abraham.
“And it is for you my brother to know, that even if a person reaches the highest spiritual level possible in perfecting his soul; even if he is as holy as the prophets and conducts himself with Continue
complete dedication and love to G-d, – even so he does not even begin
to approach the merit of one who helps others. One who guides…
Added by Yaacov Haber on November 9, 2007 at 2:24pm —
"Wow !! That was so-o-o-o inspiring !!"
"I thought it was refreshing. I slept through the whole thing."
"And Eisav said 'I am going to die--why do I need this birthright!!' " (Biraishis 25:32) The Chofetz Chaim explains that the birthright was of great spiritual value. It was our ticket to getting the Torah. For many people, the time of death causes great spiritual introspection, for others it causes great spiritual rejection. (The way we live our lives will have… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on November 9, 2007 at 9:04am —