Notein HaChayim

Rav Avi Goldberg Former Rosh Kollel in Memphis (2008-2011) Currently teacher at “Himelfarb” high school in Jerusalem   Notein HaChayim Our parsha is one of two parashot in the Torah whose name is a variation of the word chayim (life) – Parshat...

War and Prayer

Meir Mulad Montreal Kollel 2006   One of the most well known songs amongst those that live in Samaria and visitors to Kever Yosef (Joseph’s gravesite), is derived from the well known verse: “Veani netati lecha shechem echad al achicha…” – “And I have given...

Yaakov’s Blessing To Yosef’s Children

In our parasha we read that Yaakov, sensing that his days are near, assembles his children to bless them and perhaps also show them their direction in life, according to his assessment of the soul and character of each of his sons. Before this takes place, however, he...

Deception and Tragedy – Like Father, Like Son

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger “Shimon and Levi are a pair; their     weapons are tools of lawlessness. Let me not be included in their council, let not me be counted in their assembly. For when angry they slay men, and when pleased they hamstrung an ox. Cursed be their...

“Grant Truth to Yaakov” – 5768

Ethan Weisberg Former Shaliach in New York   A superficial reading of Yaakov’s story leaves us with an erroneous impression of Yaakov Avinu. Throughout Sefer Breishit, Yaakov seems to be someone who somehow manages to always come out on top. Moreover, in order to...

Parshat Vayechi – 5768

Rabbi Shlomo Sobol Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit   This weeks Parasha opens with a description of the last days of the life of Yaakov Avinu after his descent to Mitzrayim. Yaakov’s last request of his son Yosef is that he be buried in Eretz Yisrael. And the time...