December 10,20057Kislev,5766Parshas Vayeitzei Volume 20,Number 10 This issue is sponsored by Tal Kerem in honor ofthe recent engagement ofMichael Schmidt and Tali Berger
Yaakov Avinu and Limud Hatorah
Rabbi Hershel Reichman
tis quite interesting to analyzethe Torah’s description of Yaakov Avinu.In parshas Toldos,Yaakov is described as an“
ish tam yoshev ohalim
”– “a simpleman,adweller oftents.”We seefrom here that Yaakov had atremendous love for limudhaTorah–Torah study–somuch so that the Midrash statesthat he spent fourteen yearslearning in Yeshivas Shem v’Eiver.The question that can beraised is why the Torah deems itsoimportant to emphasizethefact that Yaakov valued limudhaTorah so much. Wedo know that Yaakov Avinuserves a role as av b’galus,aleader in exile,as he spent a sig-nificant amount oftime dwelling in Mitzrayim.In the darknessand depression ofgalus,onecannot survive without the con-stant study ofTorah.The midaofchesed alone – for which Avraham Avinu was sorenowned – would not suffice. This can be borne out very clear-ly by observing the United States.Despite the fact thattherearemany philanthropic institutionsand the like,they do not preserveour Jewish identity and we watchthe rate ofassimilation climb with eachpassing day.Similarly,the mida oft’fila,for which Yitzchak was so renowned would not be sufficient in galus. Again,by observing moderntimes,this can be proven to be afactual truth.The flourishing Reform and Conservative move-ments place a greatdeal of emphasis on prayer and yet aresadly lacking in their religiousobservance.Only Torah then iscapable ofpreserving the Jewishpeople in galus. The question to be asked is why onlyTorah is capable ofaccom-plishing this feat.The Torah isintent upon placing emphasis onthe past,the present and thefuture.We always are remindedofpast events and warned about what will happen in the future if we do not adhere to the dictatesofthe Torah.Those who do notlive their lives through the Torah,however,live only for the pres-ent.Thus,an exile can very easi-ly destroy their world,and thishas proven to be the case timeand time again.However,a per-son who lives his life with an eye
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Honor Thy Fatherand Mother (Part 1)
Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky
fter amassing a tremendous amount ofwealth,Lavan’s sons claimed that Yaakov took his wealthfrom Lavan (Genesis 31:1).We all know the truth – Yaakov got all ofhis wealth from Hashem,and Lavan was blessed only because ofYaakov’s presence.Lavan’ssons claimed the exact opposite! What exactly wasgoing on here? The problem with Lavan’s sons was that they were notattributing their wealth to the correct source.They didnot believe that Hashem was capable ofbestowing wealth upon people,and therefore attributed the wealth that Lavan had amassed over the years to hisown hard work and business acumen.There are,infact,many people who do not attribute their success toHashem.They think that they really achieved all of their goals by themselves.In the next few pesukim,we read that Yaakov decidedto leave Lavan.This juxtaposition tells us that his deci-sion to leave was linked to these claims ofLavan’s sons. We learn from Yaakov that when we encounter suchnegative influences in our surroundings,we must getup and move in order to avoid that dangerous percep-tion at all costs.We must always remember that Hashem isthe source for everything in this world.
The Source of Wealth
Written by Michael Stein and Josh Weinberg based on shiur given by Rabbi Sobolofsky at Morasha BMP of summer of 05
especting our mothers andfathers has long been a sta- ple of normative Jewish livingand has almost come toembody the strict ethicalbehavior Judaism requires inall areas of our lives. But what is the nature of this obligation? And when a person respectshis parents, is he performing acommandment that isbetween him and G-d (beinadam lamakom) or one that isbetween him and fellow man(bein adam lachaveiro)?
Any Jewish child in elemen- tary school could tell you that listed on the right tablet (thefirst five) are commandmentsbetween man and G-d andon the left, commandments
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