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Countdown to Chanukah 30 Print E-mail

ChanukahIt is the custom that women do not do any work while the candles are burning. Shulchan Aruch 670:1 The Maharil and the Bach rule that this custom applies to men as well.
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Haftarah Discussions: Vayeitzei Print E-mail

HaftarahI. Contradictions: “My people is unsure about returning to Me; it is summoned to the Most High One, but it does not rise in unity.” (Hosea 11:7) Do not read “it is summoned to the Most
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Haftarah: Vayeitzei: Possibilities Print E-mail

HaftarotHosea 12:13 – 14:3 Is it Rosh Hashana again? The prophetic selection may not begin on the theme of repentance, but it certainly ends with it. We read the exact text we read on Shabbat Shuvah.

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Toledot Yaakov Yosef: Vayeitzei: Importance Print E-mail

VayeitzeiThe Baal Shem Tov taught that a person's many sins can blunt his experience of worshiping God. As a result of his degradation, he does not believe that his Torah study and prayer can bring spiritual sustenance to
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Ohev Yisrael: Vayeitzei: A Vehicle for God Print E-mail

VayeitzeiMan is a microcosm, a miniature universe, and he thus consists of what is considered to be a complete structure. All universes, both spiritual and physical, make up a similar complete structure.
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Maor vaShemesh: Vayeitzei: Hidden & Revealed Print E-mail

Vayeitzei“Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of figure and beautiful of appearance (Genesis 29:17).” Targum Onkelos renders this verse as, “Leah's eyes were lovely, ya’ayan, and Rachel was beautiful of form and
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Imrei Pinchas: Vayeitzei: Simplicity Print E-mail

Simple WorshipIt is told in the name of Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz that he was very concerned lest we strain ourselves to attain Kavanah in order to reach the upper strata. He taught that instead, we should serve the Creator in simplicity. If
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Toledot Yaakov Yosef: Vayeitzei: The World as a Ladder Print E-mail

VayeitzeiThe world in general is called one Partzuf, or, one aspect of the Divine Countenance. Common people are its legs, and the righteous, its eyes, as they are called, “the eyes of the assembly (Leviticus 4:13).”
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Kedushat Levi: Vayeitzei: Elevating Beauty Print E-mail

Vayeitzei“And Jacob kissed Rachel (Genesis 29:11).” “And Rachel was of beautiful form and fair to look upon. And Jacob loved Rachel (Genesis 29:17–18).” It is quite amazing that Jacob, the choicest of the patriarchs, about whom
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Avodat Yisrael: Vayeitzei: Preparing for Redemption Print E-mail

VayeitzeiIt is the way of the righteous that when he is distressed or in exile, he is not preoccupied with his own soul's anguish but is concerned because the souls of Israel are the limbs of the Shechinah, the Divine Presence, and in
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