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The Greatest Blessing of All

Jul 9, 2020 |

Yitzchak Avinu begins his blessing to Yaakov with the words וְיִתֶּן־לְךָ הָאֱלֹהִים מִטַּל הַשָּׁמַיִם וּמִשְׁמַנֵּי הָאָרֶץ – “May God give you of the dew of the heavens and of the fatness of the earth.” Commenting on the word “וְיִתֶּן”, Rashi writes וְיַחֲזֹר וְיִתֵּן – “(He will give), return, and give again.” There appear to be two difficulties here. First, why does the verse say וְיִתֶּן־לְךָ הָאֱלֹהִים – May the God give you”, and not simply וְיִתֶּן־לְךָ אֱלֹהִים – May God…

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Beyond the Disguise

Jul 9, 2020 |

“Rivka took the clothes of Eisav… and placed them upon her younger son, Yaakov.” Along the path toward closeness with our Source, obstacles, difficulties, and challenges abound. The moment we resolve to return to the Master of the world, the yetzer hara gets right to work, making use of an endless number of strategies to distract us from what we truly want and knock us off course. These troubles are sourced in Middas HaDin, Hashem’s trait of Harsh-Judgement, which highlights…

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