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Filet Mignon Not Kosher, Why?

Filet Mignon Not Kosher, Why?

We are all familiar with the famous event recounted in this week’s Torah portion, Vayishlach. The Torah captures our patriarch, Yaakov, in a wrestling match, a battle royal if you will. However, the outcome and lesson(s) of this contest are more significant than any steel cage or mixed martial arts bout.

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Embracing the Message of Thanksgiving

Embracing the Message of Thanksgiving

In 1941, Thanksgiving was established by Congress to take place annually on the fourth Thursday of November. As Jews living in America, what should our relationship be to this day?

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Scoffers Then, Scoffers Now

Scoffers Then, Scoffers Now

Toldot, this week’s parsha, begins with a seemingly redundant statement. “And these are the generations of Yitzchak the son of Abraham, Abraham begot Yitzchak.” If Yitzchak is the son of Avraham, then obviously Avraham begot him!

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The World’s First Dynamic Duo

The World’s First Dynamic Duo

Over the last two weeks, the Torah dedicated a significant amount of print to formative episodes in the life of our patriarch, Avraham. But what do we learn about our matriarch, Sarah? The way the Torah is written, we sometimes gloss over or miss completely other more subtle but no less significant events in the development of the Jewish people.

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The Wisdom of Sarah

The Wisdom of Sarah

Men and women are both created in “the image of God.” Both possess the inner soul that endows every human being with the ability to come close to God. One of these qualities is highlighted by the Torah’s account of our matriarch, Sarah.

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