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Pragmatic Fish Eaters

Many are familiar with the ancient parable about the slave who cooked for his master a stinking fish. The master gave his slave three options: Either eat the stinking fish, receive 100 lashes, or pay with his money for the … Continue reading

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Balak: Learning of the Hypocrisy of Nations

If someone would read Parshat Balak objectively without any previous knowledge, he can easily get the impression that Bilam is, at the very least, a righteous man. During the entire parsha, Bilam proclaims that he will only do what Hashem … Continue reading

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Vayechi: Sometimes, It’s Good to Be Deaf

Even after Yaakov died, Esau continued to seek revenge against him for the taking of the birthright, attempting even to sabotage his burial in the Cave of the Patriarchs. The Gemora (Sota, 13) recounts how the children of Yaakov arrived … Continue reading

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Vayetze: When It Comes to the Jewish Idea – No Changes!!

The last two Torah parshas of the week have portrayed Yaakov as quite a con-man. Every step of the way he is using his cunning to achieve his desired goals – at first in attaining the birthright by putting the … Continue reading

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Chaye Sarah: There is no Placing Trust the Gentile

 The negotiations between Avraham Avenu and Efron the Hitite in this week’s parsha provide great insight regarding how a Jew must approach any negotiation or bargaining situation with the Arabs. There is an old saying: “You cannot trust the gentile … Continue reading

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