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Frogs only jump forward not backward. So too must we continue to move forward in our quest for spirituality and contentment.

Wednesday November 15, 2017


Kedoshim 9

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1 week ago
Chp. 20 verses 8 - 27: Continues with the punishments for the prohibited acts mentioned in the portion of Acharei Mos.

My Thoughts 87 Reboot

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1 week ago
Reboot: When everything seems to be out of wack, reboot!

Wednesday November 8, 2017


Kedoshim 8

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2 weeks ago
Chp. 19 verses 33 -37 Chp. 20 verses 1 -7: The obligation to treat a convert properly. Honest weights and measures. Chp. 20, this chapter informs us of the punishments for the sins that were mentioned in previous portion of Acharei Mos. The prohibition of giving one's children to Molech, those that turn to mediums and oracles, and their punishments.

My Thoughts 86 Treasure

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2 weeks ago
Treasure; dealing with older parents.

Parashas Vayeitzei (2012)


Vayeitzei 1

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4 years ago
Chp. 28 verse 10 & 11: Introduction, Yaakov leaves Beer Sheva and goes to Charan. He reaches the place of the Temple and sleeps there because the sun sets early. He takes 12 stones from the area to protect his head.

Vayeitzei 2

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4 years ago
Chp. 28 verses 12 - 15: Yaakov has a dream in which Hashem promises to protect him and his descendants and to give him the land that was promised to his grandfather. Also to return him back to the land.

Vayeitzei 3

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4 years ago
Chp. 28 verses 16 -22: Yaakov wakes up from his dream and realizes that the place he slept was the house of G-d, and that he had just received a prophecy. He anoints the stone and calls the place Luz. He then asks Hashem to give him "food to eat and clothes to wear" and to return him back to his father's house in peace. In return he promises to give one fifth of all that he has to G-d.

Vayeitzei 4

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4 years ago
Chp. 29 verse 1 -12: Yaalov travels to Charan. He comes to a well where three Shepherds are waiting to water their sheep. They are waiting for the other shepherds to roll the stone off the well so that they can all water their sheep. In the meantime Rachel comes and he kisses her and he cries. Rachel runs to tell her father that Yaakov has arrived.

Vayeitzei 5

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4 years ago
Chp. 29 verses 13 - 25: Yaakov meets Lavan. Lavan hires Yaakov to tend his sheep and agrees to work for seven years to marry Rachel. Lavan tricks him and gives him Leah his older daughter instead. The night after the wedding Yaakov realizes that he has been duped and confronts Lavan and asks him, why he tricked him?

Vayeitzei 6

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4 years ago
Chp. 29 verses 26 - 35: Lavan explains to Yaakov why he gave him Leah instead of Rachel. He agrees to work another seven years for Rachel. He marries her seven days later. Hashem sees that Leah is not loved and gives her four sons, while Rachel remains barren.

Vayeitzei 7

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4 years ago
Chp. 30 verses 1 - 21: Rachel sees that she is not bearing any children so she gives Yaakov her handmaiden Bilhah as a wife. She bears him two sons. Leah who has also stopped having children gives Yaakov her handmaiden Zilpah for a wife and she bears two more sons for him. Then Leah gives the "mandrakes" that her son had given her to Rachel in exchange for a marital night with Yaakov and she gives birth to Issacher. She then bears the tenth son to Yaakov, Zebulun. After that she gives birth to a daughter, Dinah.

Vayeitzei 8

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4 years ago
Ch.30 Verses 22-43: Rochel gives birth to Yosef, and Lavan strikes a deal with Yaakov to tend his sheep for profit. Lavan tries to cheat Yaakov many times but Hashem protects him and he becomes very wealthy in spite of Lavan's deception.

Vayeitzei 9

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4 years ago
Chp. 31 verses 1 - 35: Yaakov realizes that his relationship with Lavan has deteriorated. He had his wives come out to the field and he informs them that Hashem has told him to return to the land of his father. They agree, and he leaves without Lavan's knowledge. Rachel takes her father's "terafim" with her. Lavan hearing that Yaakov has fled, chases after him. He is visited by G-d in a dream and told not speak neither good nor bad to Yaakov. Lavan reaches Yaakov's camp and rebukes him for leaving without saying good bye, and asks why he had stolen his gods? Yaakov tells him that "with whomever you find your gods, he shall not live." He searches and finds nothing.

Vayeitzei 10

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4 years ago
Chp. 31 verse 36 - 54 Chp. 32 verse 1 - 3: Yaakov expresses his anger that Lavan has searched all of his possessions. They decide to make a treaty between them at "Galaid." They sit down to a meal, and Lavan spends the night. Chp. 32, Lavan gets up early in the morning and goes back to his place. Yaakov leaves and he is met by the angels of Hashem.

Parashas Vayeitzei (2004 - 2007)


Vayeitzei 1a

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5 years ago
Chp. 28 verse 11 - chp. 28 verse 19. Yaakov spends the night at the site of the temple and he has a dream about a ladder. Hashem then blesses him and his descendants and promises to protect him. He comes to realize that the place was the gateway to heaven and he calls it Bais-el.

Vayeitzei 2a

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5 years ago
Chp. 28 verse 20 - chp. 29 verse 17. Yaakov makes a vow to tithe everything he owns if Hashem will take care of his needs. He comes to the well in Haran where he meets Rachel introduces himself and waters her sheep. He meets uncle Lavan and he goes to work for him tending his sheep. Ends with a description of Leah and Rachel.

Vayeitzei 2b

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5 years ago
Chp. 29 verse 17 - chp. 30 verse 13. Continues with description of Rachel and Leah and that Yaakov agrees to work for 7 years to marry Rachel. Lavan tricks him and gives him Leah instead, he complains. Lavan gives him Rachel but for another 7 years work. Hashem sees Leah's pain and gives her four sons. Chp. 30 begins with Rachel complaint to Yaakov that she has no children. She gives him Bilah as a wife and she bears him two sons. Leah then does the same with Zilpah and she also bears two more sons to Yaakov.

Vayeitzei 3a

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5 years ago
Chp. 30 verse 14 - chp. 31 verse 1. Reuvain gives his mother mandrakes which Rachel wants. Leah than gives birth to two more sons and one daughter. Rachel finally gives birth to Yosef. Yaakov makes a business deal with Lavan concerning the sheep which Lavan tries to change many times, but Yaakov with the help of Hashem manages to still become exceedingly wealthy. Chp. 31 begins with Lavan's jealously about Yaakov'a new found wealth.

Vayeitzei 3b

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5 years ago
Chp. 32 verse 1 until end of sedra. Lavan's relationship with Yaakov begins to deteriorate. Hashem tells Yaakov to return to his land. He confers with his wives and they agree. Yaakov leaves and Lavan chases after him. Hashem appears to Lavan in a dream and tells him not speak to Yaakov "neither good nor bad." Lavan searches the camp of Yaakov for his "terafim" and doesn't find them even though Rachel had taken them. Yaakov expresses his anger at being accused of theft after he had treated Lavan so well. They make a treaty and they both go their own ways.


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