Vayigash is About ApproachingMan has the power to choose whether to "approach" or ignore.
BrothersThe animosity between brothers - and political parties - can prevent proper decision making on the larger issues.
Climb Every Rung of the LadderThe Heavenly ladder in Jacob's dream had two mesages.
Esau and Ishmael: Feet of Iron and ClayThere seems to be no limit to the venom produced by the union of the 'legs of iron' and the 'feet of iron and clay', the symbols for Esau and Ishmael in biblical prophecy.
A Place of RestThe purchase in Hevron taught two lessons.
Be Strengthened, TogetherCaring for the weak among us.
A Divinely Inspired JourneyThat call of “Lech Lecha” is still being heard in the heavens.
Tikkun OlamIt took ten generations for G-d's purpose to be clear.
From the Infinite to the FiniteThe focus on the small details and the minor blemishes of the Four Species are the ribbon on the gift to Hashem. They are the wrapping paper.
Entering the Inner ChamberOnce experienced, we will never be the same.
The King is in the FieldOn the High Holydays, G-d comes down to the people, like a king going to meet his subjects. This is the time to find Him.
Happiness and Gladness of HeartMiracles are occurring around us and yet we are stymied by the challenges of the present.
Go in Strength, Go TogetherThe Talmud describes the situation today, after the war, before the Messiah.
Re'eh: Difficult Choices When None of the Rules ApplyWe are faced with a need for perseverance on a long road.
Hashem, your G-d, Goes Before You. Do Not FearThis is the period when the spies toured the land, going through the Eshkol region.
Dror Hanin: A Spiritual WarriorMidian attacked the Jews spiritually, not just physically. Dror Hanin was an example of Jewish spirituality.
The Mothers of IsraelThere are really 40,000 families being called up for duty.
Gathering Tears in a FlaskG-d's flask holds the tears of Israel.
The Redemption of UnityRedemption requires unity. We have seen the people of this land and many others across the world, coming together in prayer, concern and solidarity.
Shlach: The Power of the LandThe secret of this land of Israel, that Hashem describes as being His land, is that it fills one with a different spirit. It empowers one with a spirit of courage, destiny and purpose.
The Lessons of the NazariteIs it advisable to distance oneself from all pitfalls?
The Wilderness and JerusalemWe have come out of the desert to Jerusalem, our destiny as G-d's people.
Blessings Depend on PerceptionHaving a sense of walking within G-d’s purpose and destiny brings about an awareness of G-d’s Presence in all that one sees and experiences, including blessings.
Speaking SoftlyG-d uses the verb for speaking softly in this week's reading. He knows the sacrifices we have made.
The Jewish People's ResponsibilityA higher purpose means greater responsibility.
The Metzora Who RepentedIn our dealings with others and with ourselves we must never deny the possibility of positive change and growth.
Therapeutic MalaiseThe significance of the Tzoraat phenomenon.
Experiencing G-d's GloryWhat does G-d's Glory imply?
Faithful PatienceIt is not easy to wait, but it is our challenge.
Healing the Rift: The Draft Law and PikudeiElsewhere in the world Haredi individuals function as doctors lawyers and businessmen, while in Israel that became illegal.
Assembling the PeopleA country wherein only part of the people are connected to the spiritual destiny while the other part can only relate to the physical development and protection of the state will remain forever divided.
Prize-Winning Singer Ariel Silber: Alone on the WagonA popular singer who loves his country and its people is penalized because of his rightist political views. Not in Europe, but in Israel.
Letting G-d InFinding Him everywhere.
The Physical and the SpiritualThere is a feeling that this is the generation where those conflicts will finally need to be resolved and brought into repair.
The Spiritual Legacy of YitroJust as there will be many that will come against us and join the spiritual battle of Amalek, the Torah wants us to know that there will be many others like Yitro.
The Lessons of the Red SeaThere are many apt comparisons to today in the crossing of the Red Sea.
We Should Be AshamedIt was at great risk that the Israelites took a lamb on the tenth of the first month and sacrificed it as a Passover sacrifice on the eve of their exodus. And we?
The Plagues and the Land of IsraelThe plagues teach something basic about the Land of Israel.
Forming a People and Its LeaderShmot shows Moses' development as a leader.
Eternal Perspectives in the ParshaIn the land of Israel one has to be very sensitive to a higher and deeper subtext.
The New HellenistsThe battle against the seduction of assimilation into the sea of political correctness continues throughout our history. Hanukkah is about a spiritual war between brothers over two world views.
Sheep and OxenThe Lubavitcher Rebbe's explanation of a word that goes missing.
Isaac's BlindnessNot only Isaac was blind.
Making the Days CountImportant lessons in our individual walk of faith through life.
Replacing YitzchakReplacement theology has early roots.
Changing NamesWhat does a name signify? And a name change? Close reading of the text of this week's portion adds another dimension.
What Makes the Sukkah so Special?Everyone loves the sukkah. Why?
Choosing G-dAt the deepest level, man is the language of G-d.
The Shofar Blasts for UsWe hear the shofar each day in the month of Elul, but on Rosh Hashanah it is a central theme.
Being "Wholehearted" An Elul MessageWhat does "tamim" mean?
Seeing and HearingWe need both to have full vision.
Depending on MiraclesWhat is the place of miracles?
"Pray, Let Me Cross Over"Crossing over the Jordan has symbolic meaning.
Diminished LeadershipWe can perhaps understand that when Moshe is explaining that he is not entering the land of Israel on account of the spies, he is speaking in very general terms about his failure as a leader.
Temple JourneysThe greatest spiritual force in the Universe is yearning.