Monthly Archives: December 2012

Vayechi_5773: Of Trees, Oxen, Pits and avoiding pitfalls

Taste of Parasha Yosef is compared to an ox with strong and beautiful horns.  Moshe Rabbeinu says of him “Bechor shoro hadar lo” (Deut. 33:17).  Rashi explains that this is referring to the strength of his descendant Yehoshua who was … Continue reading

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Vayigash_5773: Man’s Mission is to be Praying not Preying

Taste of Parasha There was once a King who was very pleased with his servants.  He made a proclamation, “Every one of my servants may make one request and it shall be granted.”  There was one wise servant who requested … Continue reading

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Mikeitz: Hiddur Mitzvah Part 3

Taste of Halacha and Hashkafa It was the third night of Chanukah and Yaakov only had two candles.  He lights one in keeping with the basic obligation to light one candle per home.  Later in the evening he received a … Continue reading

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Hiddur Mitzvah Part 2

Taste of Talmud, Halacha and Chanukah When the Chashmonaim returned to the Bais Hamikdash they only found one small flask of oil that had not been defiled by the Greeks.  According to the account of Rav Achai Gaon, this flask … Continue reading

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