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Parshas Mikeitz and Chanukah

Rav Sholom's Treasures אוצר רב שלום Parshas Mikeitz In last week's parsha Yosef was sold by his brothers, served as a slave in Mitzrayim and finally ended up being in prison for 12 years [one year for each of the twelve brothers- including himself]. This week B"H, Yosef is getting out of jail and rises to power. He is appointed to be the Viceroy over all of Egypt. By devising a wise strategy, he saves all of Egypt from the certain death that would have resulted from the seven years of 'great famine'. The famine also reached the Land of Canaan where Yaakov Avinu dwelt with his family. Word had spread that there was food for sale in Mitzrayim. Yaakov Avinu sends his ten eldest sons to purchas

Some Inspirational Chanukah Thoughts

From the Light that Unites by Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider www.thelightthatunites.com When each of us lights the menorah, there is another aspect of uniting. Judaism teaches that each person is endowed with a divine spark, an inner light, which God implanted in the inner depths of each one of us. As it says in the Torah verse, “this light is good” (Genesis 1:4) – there is hidden potential within the heart of each person. Chanukah reminds us of our inner light, our God given talents, and our uniqueness that we strive to reveal to the world. _________________________________________________________________________________ The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, would greet thousan

Some Inspirational Chanukah Thoughts

From the Light that Unites by Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider www.thelightthatunites.com 📷When each of us lights the menorah, there is another aspect of uniting. Judaism teaches that each person is endowed with a divine spark, an inner light, which God implanted in the inner depths of each one of us. As it says in the Torah verse, “this light is good” (Genesis 1:4) – there is hidden potential within the heart of each person. Chanukah reminds us of our inner light, our God given talents, and our uniqueness that we strive to reveal to the world. _________________________________________________________________________________ The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, would greet thous

Parshat Va'Yeishev

Messirut Nefesh – Total Devotion Messirut Nefesh is what we need to learn in these parshiot. The following words join up with the teachings of the previous years. To serve Hashem with utmost devotion, with all your love and strength, at each moment of life. To know and be connected at each moment no matter what – “I am a Jew!” This is how Yosef not only managed to survive in exile, rather, he rose through it and over it. The ‘slave boy’ became the viceroy of Mitzrayim. The hated brother brought all his brothers back into holy union. I heard that a young man or woman had asked the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l, “If Hashem wanted me to be observant, why was I born in a non-observant family?” The Rebb

Parshas Va'yishlach

Parshas Va'yishlach וישלח יעקב מלאכים לפניו אל עשו אחיו Yaakov sent messengers/angels ahead of him, to his brother Esau... [Bereishit 32:4] קטונתי מכל החסדים “I have been made small by all the kindness You have done for me.” It is related that after Maggid of Mezritch passed away many of the Maggid’s disciples attached themselves to Rebbe Aharon of Karlin and they decided to crown him as their Rebbe. But Rebbe Aharon refused to accept, and they refused to let go of him and simply would not leave his house. Finally he decided ‘I will travel to the Maggid of Zlotchov, and I will take my uncle Reb Mendele with me, as a witness. For the Maggid of Zlotchov openly reveals the embarrassing truth, a

Parshat Va'yeitzei

Always expect change, until the ultimate geulah expect change and challenge. As long as you want to do something important and meaningful, something good with joy, expect obstacles and challenges, also from within yourself. Yaakov Avinu is running to save his life, there is danger from behind and there is danger lying ahead. Away from his holy father Yitzchak and from his holy mother Rivkah, away from the yeshiva of Shem and Eiver, where he studied Torah and served Hashem, he will now have to face the world outside, pretty much on his own. What will he do when he discovers the evil of his uncle Lavan? What will he do when he discovers how close by evil is to us and how close we are to it? Wi

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