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January 20, 2017

Jacob goes down to Egypt and begins a comfortable period of life thanks to Joseph’s proximity to Pharaoh’s regime. But immediately after Joseph leaves the scene, Pharaoh changes and begins to harass the group of immigrants which is multiplying uncontrollably. Pharaoh’s...

January 12, 2017

As Jacob’s death is approaching, Jacob calls Joseph and begins to prepare him for what to do after his death, but suddenly there is a verse which seems unrelated to the context: “And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died unto me in the land of Canaan in the wa...

December 9, 2016

This week’s parasha begins with the story of Jacob’s trip to Haran and his stop in Bet El on his way. Jacob stops in Bet El to spend the night there, and God appears to him in a dream and promises him that he will return to this land, and that his children would be the...

December 1, 2016

The first Sabra in the entire Jewish people built his life in the Promised Land, but not everything went easily for him. After several years of wandering, a difficult test comes in the form of years of famine, which forces Yitzhak to find a creative solution for the ba...

November 25, 2016

Tens of thousands are expected to come to Hebron this Shabbat, to hear this week’s parasha read in the place where it occurred – in Me’arat HaMahpela, the Cave of the Patriarchs. Parashat Hayei Sarah describes the sale of the first Jewish gravesite in history to Avraha...

November 18, 2016

One of the most interesting things in the Parasha is the uncompromising effort on the part of Avraham to save the people of Sedom and Gomorrah. The Midrash says that the people of Sedom and Gomorrah enjoyed an abundance of material wealth, but they used it in an evil w...

November 11, 2016

Right from the earliest days of the Jewish nation, along with the choice of the first patriarch, Avraham Avinu, God designated a national home for His chosen people. Avraham was sent to explore the land and to begin building a new life there, away from his homeland, hi...

November 4, 2016

Not many years after the creation of the universe, the world is at a dead end. God cannot let the world continue as it is, and there must be a significant change. God puts a few of every animal into the ark, thus preventing the total destruction of creation and enablin...

October 13, 2016

In the the Ben Shemen forest, near the city of Modiin there is a park called Naot Kedumim. This unique park imitates biblical Israel; it has a few areas dedicated to visualising different parts of the Tanach. For example there is a trail that passes through all seven o...

October 7, 2016

At the end of the book of Devarim and the end of a long time in the desert, Moshe, the undisputed leader of Israel, begins to transfer the leadership to the next generation. In our Parasha, Moshe commands Yehuoshua bin Nun: “Be strong and courageous because you shall b...

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