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Pinchas: Violence or Genuine Zealotry

Today it is not a compliment to be branded as a “zealot”. In today’s world where Torah concepts have been distorted, the zealot is synonymous with the “hothead” who can’t control himself, or the rowdy thug looking for some “action”. … 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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Vayechi: What Makes Samson Such a Hero?

When Yaakov Avenu blesses Dan, the sages tell us that through “Ruach HaKodesh”, Yaakov saw Samson wreaking havoc upon the Philistines, and thought that he was the Messiah. Only after seeing Samson die did a disappointed Yaakov realize that Samson … Continue reading

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Vayishlach: The Killing of the Shchem Residents: A Torah Perspective

Two zealots are focused upon in our parsha: Shimeon and Levy. And the eternal question is if they were correct in their deed or not. This parsha has certainly been one of the more misinterpreted portions in the Torah in … Continue reading

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