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  • A Sending of Angels and a Meeting on the Mountain

    Yaakov did this spiritual work of refining his own nature and his environs, and then he wanted to help his brother Esav, by lifting him up as well. So, he sent angels ahead to Esav. But the angels returned because the time when Esav and all that he represents would be transformed for the good had not yet arrived.
  • Shining Outside the Spiritual Comfort Zone

    Rashi says when a righteous person leaves a place it makes an impression for while a Tzaddik is in a particular city, he (or she) is “its magnificence, its splendor, its grandeur,” and when he departs, “its magnificence has gone away, its splendor has gone away, its grandeur has gone away.”
  • Children of Kindness - and Discipline

    While Avraham worked on bringing the word of G-d down to all the people around him, Yitzchak worked on himself, i.e. elevating humanity toward G-dliness.
  • Life, Afterlife

    It’s the classic question: why does a parshah that deals very little with Sarah, and when it does, only with details of her death and funeral, bear the name “The Life of Sarah?”
  • To See and Be Seen

    When Hashem appears to Avrohom here, at the very beginning of the parshah, it’s a much more open and straightforward revelation, like a visit to a convalescent friend. So why the big change?

  • Embrace Your Foreign Identity

    Hashem told Avraham to leave the comfort of every familiar thing he’d known, to go to a foreign land and to live among strangers and always be known as the outsider. Why would G-d ask such a big uncomfortable thing of Avraham?
  • FREEBIE ALERT — Cheshvan Coloring Sheet

    Chodesh Tov everyone! Cheshvan has arrived and with it the nitty gritty of everyday life. The wind howls and the rain pours and we all get down to living. Enjoy this freebie to add color to rainy days!
  • Floating Above It All — Lessons from Noach

    There’s this age-old argument among the commentaries about what is meant by the seemingly superfluous word, "בדרתיו" – “in his generation.” Does it mean that Noach was a tzaddik, a righteous person, compared to the rest of his generation? Or despite them?
  • Bereishis - Our Kushan

    So, folks, we’re here at the beginning again, a beautiful place to start. There’s something wonderful about the cyclical nature of our year and all the opportunities for fresh beginnings.

    The Chumash begins here, “In the beginning, Elokim created, the heavens and the earth.” The very first Rashi on Tanach poses the following question...

  • Crowdsourcing Shakespeare

    I’m about to give you an insight into the spaghetti tangle that is my brain by explaining what this particular nugget of information has to do with this illustration and a question that I’ve got for you. Strap yourself in, it’s a loopy ride.
  • Taking the Time to Face My Fears

    Quiet times are the perfect times for practice and improvement.
  • Deep Breaths... Here Goes!

    This kind of feels like the first day of school.