Table Talk

Good Intention

And Reuven said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit…” intending to rescue him from their hand, to return him to his father. (Bereisheet 37:22) Rashi: “intending…

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The Real Miracle

And Yaakov sent angels before him… (Ber. 32:4) Rashi: Literally angels The decades-long separation of the twin brothers was about to end. Yaakov had left home alone and was returning…

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Powerful Tears

Leah’s eyes were weak, while Rachel was of pleasant appearance. (Bereshit 29:17) On his journey to find a wife, Yaakov Avinu reached a crucial fork in the road when he…

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Try, Try Again

“Yitzchak’s servants dug in the valley, and found there a well of fresh water” (Beresheet 26:19). The events surrounding the sale of the birthright of the seed of Avraham and…

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At the Appointed Time

Sarah’s lifetime was one hundred years, and twenty years, and seven years; the years of Sarah’s life. (Ber. 23:1) Many of our Torah commentators point out the difficult language of…

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Riding Uphill

“…so He sent Lot from amidst the upheaval when He overturned the cities in which Lot lived.” (Ber. 19:29) When Lot separated from his uncle Avraham, he settled in the…

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Don’t Be Overconfident

And he (the angel) said, “Hagar, maidservant of Sarai, from where have you come, and where are you going?” And she said, “I am running away from Sarai, my mistress.”…

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Parashat Noach

And Shem and Yefet took a garment… (Beresheet 9:23) Noach left the teivah to begin the monumental task of rebuilding the world. He had taken with him all the living…

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Preparing for Rosh Hashanah

As the Day of Judgment approaches, we prepare all the physical and material accessories that contribute to the Yom Tov. Taking care of food, clothing and other necessities to enhance…

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Gotcha!

All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you, if you listen to the voice of Hashem your G-d (Devarim 28:2) The end of Moshe Rabbeinu’s life was quickly…

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Not Accidental

If you build a new house, you shall make a fence for your roof, so that you will not place blood in your house, if one who is falling shall…

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Simply Perfect

“You shall be wholehearted with Hashem your G-d” (Devarim 18:13). Look to Him, i.e. trust in what He has in store for you, and do not delve into the future,…

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Maintain Desire

When Hashem your G-d will broaden your boundary, as He spoke to you, and you say, “I will eat meat,” for you will have a desire to eat meat, to…

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As a Father Teaches

You should know in your heart that just as a father will chastise his son, so Hashem, your G-d, chastises you. (Devarim 5:8) Hashem has declared that we are His…

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Messengers

When you are in distress because all these things have befallen you and, in the end, return to the L-rd your G-d and obey Him (Devarim 4:30) Many of the…

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Embarrassing Moment, Eternal Consequences

“These are the words that Moses addressed to all Israel on the other side of the Jordan, through the wilderness, in the Aravah near Suf, between Paran and Tofel, and…

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Not Accidentally

If suddenly, without enmity, he pushes him … The assembly will save the murderer … they will return him to his city of refuge. (Bamidbar 35:22–25) Judicial systems around the…

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False Modesty

Pinchas son of Elazar son of Aharon Hakohen… (Bamidbar 25:12) Rashi: Because the tribes were humiliating him, saying, “Did you see this son of Puti whose mother’s father [Yitro] fattened…

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Good Start

Behold! A people who arises like an awesome lion and raises itself like a lion… (Bamidbar 23:24) When Balak the King of Moab engaged Bilaam, the wicked gentile prophet, to…

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Not Such a Small Thing

But the L-rd said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust Me enough to affirm My sanctity in the sight of the Israelite people, therefore you shall not…

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