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Amid Israel’s war in Gaza, there is talk of drafting yeshivah students into the army to bolster its ranks. On Shavuot, we celebrate the anniversary of receiving the Torah, so I want to write about the role of Torah in war. The Torah is not just a dusty old book …

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Vayeshev: Selling A Brother

December 12, 2011 – 4:12 pm | Comments Off on Vayeshev: Selling A Brother2,751 views
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The Five Rung Pole
There is a hierarchy to the things we love. At the bottom of the totem pole are the vane pursuits of life, such as power, money, success and prestige as well as the toys of life such as cars, houses, furniture and wardrobes. These things make a …

Vayeshev: Revenge Is A Boomerang

November 21, 2010 – 2:50 am | Comments Off on Vayeshev: Revenge Is A Boomerang5,160 views
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It is Fated
It is an irony of fate that acts of revenge frequently backfire. The more spiteful the act, the grander its failure.
One of my favorite stories in Jewish lore is of a wealthy employer who was irritated by his Jewish employee, who frequently praised G-d, rather than the employer, …

Vayeshev: Responsible For A Nation

November 30, 2009 – 9:20 pm | Comments Off on Vayeshev: Responsible For A Nation2,702 views
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The Case of the Hidden Item
The Talmud relates a story about a man who deposited jewelry with his fellow for safekeeping. When the owner came to retrieve the jewelry the custodian confessed that he had placed it in a hidden place for safekeeping and was not able to find it. …

Vayeshev: Restoring The Neighborhood

July 17, 2009 – 8:41 pm | Comments Off on Vayeshev: Restoring The Neighborhood2,911 views
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The Celebrity
Imagine yourself living in a nice neighborhood where a well known celebrity chooses to make his home. Property values rise and for the first while you enjoy the distinction; you go out of your way to make the celebrity feel welcome. But time passes and the aura wears off. …

Vayeshev: Trickle Up Effect

December 9, 2008 – 8:54 pm | Comments Off on Vayeshev: Trickle Up Effect3,343 views
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Economic Realities
As the economy slows and sales decline in the Automobile Sector, Automakers lobby their governments for bailout packages. Here in Canada, Chrysler has petitioned the Government for an emergency loan of 1.6 billion dollars and added that if the loan is not approved Chrysler would be forced to shut …

Vayeshev: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

November 25, 2007 – 3:44 am | Comments Off on Vayeshev: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table2,435 views
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Seven Thoughts for Seven Days
Sunday: Heaven and Earth
Joseph had two dreams. In he first he was binding sheaves in the field, in the second he was gazing at the stars. The first concerned earthly matters, the second, heavenly matters. This is fitting because the objective of our people is to …

Vayeshev: Miracle of Survival

November 26, 2006 – 2:49 am | Comments Off on Vayeshev: Miracle of Survival2,523 views
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Why?
We Jews have survived the longest and most turbulent exile in history. What inner strength enables our survival? Rejected by host nations, expelled from our homes and reviled by much of society, why haven’t we succumbed?

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Vayeshev: Countering the Voice of Temptation

November 24, 2005 – 5:39 am | Comments Off on Vayeshev: Countering the Voice of Temptation3,081 views
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The Magic Potion
“Rabbi, what can I do to silence my inner voice,” asked the man. When the rabbi replied that this voice might never be silenced, the man exclaimed, “But it’s driving me crazy. Is there any advice that can help me overcome it?”

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