Vayeishev

To Change the Course of History

Jul 9, 2020 |

“And a man found him, and he was wandering aimlessly in the field. And the man asked him, “What is it you seek?” In the beginning of this week’s parsha, Yosef encounters a man in the field who points him in the way of Dosan, where his brothers are pasturing. The three pesukim which describe this encounter tell of a man (Rashi tells us this is the malach Gavriel) who sees Yosef wandering in the fields and asks him, “Mah…

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Vessels of Light

Jul 9, 2020 |

In his sefer Hachsharas HaAvreichim, the Piacezner Rebbe Hy”d teaches that one of the primary revelations of the Baal Shem Tov and his students was the idea that while the reality in which we live contains both lifeless physical vessels and the spiritual light which grants life and vitality, this is only one level of truth. On a deeper level, the vessels not only contain spiritual light, they themselves are made up of spiritual light as well. This elevated awareness…

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Faithful to the Core

Jul 9, 2020 |

In this week’s parsha, Tamar disguises herself and seduces her father in law, Yehuda. Upon hearing that Tamar is pregnant, Yehuda orders her executed for harlotry. When she produces proof, he publicly admits that he is the father: וַיְהִי כְּמִשְׁלֹשׁ חֳדָשִׁים וַיֻּגַּד לִיהוּדָה לֵאמֹר זָנְתָה תָּמָר כַּלָּתֶךָ וְגַם הִנֵּה הָרָה לִזְנוּנִים וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוּדָה הוֹצִיאוּהָ וְתִשָּׂרֵף׃ “About three months later, the following was told to Yehuda: “Your daughter-in-law has become a harlot, and she is pregnant by harlotry.” Yehuda responded, “Take…

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