Monthly Archives: November 2010

Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Vayeishev 5771


שבת טעם החיים וישב תשע”א Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Vayeishev 5771 Tranquility in this world? Introduction וישב יעקב בארץ מגורי אביו בארץ כנען, Yaakov settled in the land of his father’s sojourning, in the land of Canaan. (Bereishis 37:1) In this … Continue reading

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Shemen Insights


Here is something fascinating. It is said (Tehillim 23:5) dishanta vashemen roshi, you anointed my head with oil. The first letters of these words in mispar katan, digit sum (example is the letter taf, which equals 400, is 4, as … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Vayishlach 5771


שבת טעם החיים וישלח תשע”א Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Vayishlach 5771 We Must Beware of the Wicked Amongst Us Introduction ויותר יעקב לבדו ויאבק איש עמו עד עלות השחר וירא כי לא יכל לו ויגע בכף ירכו ותקע כף ירך יעקב … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Vayeitzei 5771


שבת טעם החיים ויצא תשע”א Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Vayeitzei 5771 The Ladder and Beyond Introduction ויחלם והנה סלם מצב ארצה וראשו מגיע השמימה והנה מלאכי אלקים עלים וירדים בו, and he dreamt, and behold! A ladder was set earthward and … Continue reading

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Chanukah: How is Light Victorious Over Darkness?


Chanukah is described as the victory of light over darkness. What does this mean in a practical sense? The word choshech is associated with the word choseich, which means to be removed (using the principle that the letters shin and … Continue reading

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Chanukah in Parashas Vayeitzei


Today is Rosh Chodesh Kisleiv. It is said that the parshiyos that we read around the time of the holiday relate to that holiday. This week’s parasha, Vayeitzei, starts with the words (Bereishis 28:10) vayeiztei Yaakov MiBeer sheva vayeilech charanah, … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Toldos 5771


שבת טעם החיים תולדות תשע”א Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Toldos 5771 Fearing Hashem Means Seeing HaShem Introduction וישב יצחק ויחפר את בארת המים אשר חפרו בימי אברהם אביו ויסתמום פלשתים אחרי מות אברהם ויקרא להן שמות כשמות אשר קרא להן אביו, … Continue reading

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