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Perashat Vayishlah 5778

Friday, December 01, 2017 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

This week's perasha opens with the preparations of Ya'akob prior to meeting his brother and rival Esav. The Torah contrasts Esav, who advances with an army of 400 men, with Ya'akob, who prepared himself in three ways. As explained by Rashi, he sent big gifts to Esav through messengers along with pleasant words of reconciliation. Then he prayed from the depths of his heart, and lastly, readied himself for war. Ya'akob succeeds at defusing the tension...

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Perashat Vayesse 5778

Friday, November 24, 2017 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

In this week's perasha, Ya'akob travels to a place that, according to tradition, is Mount Moriah. While sleeping, he has a prophetic dream. The Pasuk Beresheet 28:12 describes the dream as follows. "And he dreamed, and behold! a ladder was set earthward and its top reached heavenward and behold, angels of God were ascending and descending it." What's the meaning of the angels climbing up and down, ...

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Perashat Toledot 5778

Friday, November 17, 2017 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

One of the great mysteries of Sefer Beresheet is how Esav, a son who was raised by Saddikim, Yisshak and Ribka, grows up to become so wicked? Contrast this to his twin brother, Yaakob, who epitomizes the holiness of Am Yisrael. Esav had great potential...

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Perashat Haye Sarah 5778

Friday, November 10, 2017 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Milelr

There are two incentives that bring about a decision to get married. There are those who get married because they wish to give, and there are those who get married because they wish to take. Whatever the reason, it will almost undoubtedly determine if the marriage will succeed. ...

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Perashat Vayera 5778

Friday, November 03, 2017 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

We tend to measure a missva according to how grand a deed it is. If it is an act such as performing hessed with thousands of people including residents of an entire city, we feel like we did a great deed. But when we do a small act, such as holding a door for someone, we give it little importance. From the actions of our forefathers, we see the opposite, that even very small actions are valued. ...

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Perashat Lekh Lekha 5778

Friday, October 27, 2017 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

Our Perasha this week is Lekh Lekha, which means, "Go forth". In choosing to reveal Himself to Abraham Abinu at this juncture, Hashem is telling him, "do not accept the state that you are in as good enough. Rather, you are destined to become something greater and must leave behind what you know to do so." ...

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Perashat Noah 5778

Friday, October 20, 2017 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

Our perasha this week begins the account of the Tower of Babel with the pasuk, "Now the entire earth was of one language and uniform words". A few pesukim later the Torah stresses that this was the underlying reason for the sin of the people of Babel. "And Hashem said, 'Lo! [they are] one people, and they all have one language, and this is what they have commenced to do'". ...

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Perashot Nissabim-Vayelekh 5777

Friday, September 15, 2017 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

Perashot Nissabim and Vayelekh are really one perasha, although sometimes they are separated so that Perashat Nissabim is read specifically before Rosh HaShanah. This is because Perashat Nissabim has a very important message intended to prepare us for Rosh HaShanah. ...

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Perashat Ki Tabo 5777

Friday, September 08, 2017 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

Perashat Ki Tabo always comes near the end of the Jewish calendar year, and the subject of happiness is specifically mentioned twice. The perasha opens by commanding the Missva of Bikkurim, the Commandment of the First Fruits. A Jewish farmer was required to take the first ripened fruits to the Beit Mikdash and present them to the Kohen in a ritual that included a moving declaration of gratitude to Hashem for the bounty. The Torah then commands the farmer to be happy with the produce that Hashem granted him as it says, "You shall rejoice with all the goodness that Hashem has given you...". (Debarim 21:11) ...

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Perashat Ki Tesse 5777

Friday, September 01, 2017 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

This week's perasha opens with the words, "When you will go to war against your enemies, and Hashem, your G-d, will deliver him into your hand, and you will capture his captivity." Rabbi Yosef Haim Azulay, the Hida, notes that the pasuk starts with speaking about going to war against "enemies" in plural, but then switches to singular form, "Hashem... will deliver him into your hands." ...

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