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Parashat Shemot

Parasha Thoughts By Rabbi David Cohen Yosef died, and all his brothers and that entire generation. (1:6) The Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh explains why the Torah finds it necessary to add that the members of the entire generation, the seventy souls that descended to Egypt with Yaakov Avinu, also died. He […]


Parashat Vayechi

Parasha Thoughts By Rabbi Shemuel Akhamzadeh וַיְבָ֨רֲכֵ֜ם בַּיּ֣וֹם הַהוּא֮ לֵאמוֹר֒ בְּךָ֗ יְבָרֵ֤ךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר יְשִֽׂמְךָ֣ אֱלֹ-הִ֔ים כְּאֶפְרַ֖יִם וְכִמְנַשֶּׁ֑ה…׃ So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you shall Israel invoke blessings, saying: God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.” … 48:20 On his deathbed, Yaakov Avinu tells Yosef that his […]

Parashat Vayigash

Parasha Thoughts By Rabbi Aharon Seleh In this week’s parsha, after a prolonged period, Yosef finally reveals himself to his brothers. The Me’am Loe’z asks, how could Yosef cause his brothers so much anguish? Surely he wasn’t coming to take revenge, as that is forbidden. He first accused them of […]


Parashat Miketz

Parasha Thoughts By Rabbi Shlomo Zargari Shalom, Paroh is in a state of confusion. He has a strange dream and can’t understand the meaning of it. Paroh’s advisers and sorcerers aren’t helpful. There’s this Hebrew kid sitting in the dungeon, maybe he can help. They bring him in and he […]


Parashat Vayeshev

Parasha Thoughts By Rabbi Yosef Shemtov What is Chanukah and why do we celebrate it? Why do we say Hallel for eight days and and why do we light candles? Many people think the reasons are because Israel was liberated from the Greeks after being controlled by them for decades […]