Featured Audio Shiurim

Length: 56 minutes

In the first aliyah of Parshas Vayeitzei, Yaakov is on the run from his home. Even though Yaakov was leaving Eretz Yisrael, he was not subject to the curse of the earth. He knew that Hashem is there, all of the way, anywhere- therefore, he was able to expand outside of Eretz Yisrael. In Eretz Yisrael, it is easier to see the connection with Hashem. Yaakov shows us that even in golus (exile), it is possible to bring Hashem’s presence down to this earth.

Length: 59 minutes

In the second aliyah of Parshas Vayeitzei, Yaakov meets Rachel for the first time. At this meeting, Yaakov does a few things that seem to be out of character. His actions were completely pure, with none of the lust or passion of this world. Yaakov’s portion is Olam Habah (the World to Come), and Rachel links him to the physical world, encouraging him to bring the spirituality to this world. Yaakov cries at their meeting, because the world misunderstood the purity of his intentions.

Length: 56 minutes

In the third aliyah of Parshas Vayeitzei, Yaakov marries both Rachel and Leah. Originally, Yaakov only wanted to marry one wife, and build Klal Yisroel entirely through Rachel. However, when he ended up marrying both Leah and Rachel, due to the tremendous sacrifice on the part of Rachel, conflict was introduced into the building of the Jewish nation. There are different elements that Leah and Rachel each brought into the marriage. Lavan wanted to undermine their togetherness as sisters, but it was only because of their original connection and core commitment that the situation developed as it did.

Length: 57 minutes

In the fourth aliyah of Parshas Vayeitzei, Rachel and Leah have the exchange with the dudaim, the flowers that Reuven brought to Leah. With this exchange, they clarified their most important goals and desires: Rachel’s desire to have a child with Yaakov, and Leah’s desire to be closer to her husband. When Lavan arranged that Yaakov would marry both Leah and Rachel, he introduced tension and division into the Jewish people. Our strength comes through our unity and togetherness, and Lavan sought to undermine this core.

Length: 41 minutes

We continue our studies in the Gur Aryeh, the commentary of the Maharal on Rashi.

Length: 39 minutes

Rosh Chodesh is a special holiday for women, because they were not involved in the sin of the golden calf. This sin is what brought the Jewish people down from a high level, where each home would have been sanctified with kedusha, and we would not have needed a central mikdash. Rosh Chodesh is a holiday amidst the regular days of the week, representing the holiness that does not stand out as a separate entity. Women have a special ability to make the home a place of kedusha at all points in the year, outside of the framework of a shul and of holidays.

In this series, we explore the parsha of Bereishis in depth. There are many powerful, important lessons that we learn from the first parsha in the Torah, about the creation of the world, man, and the sin of Adam and Chava.

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