“Parsha to the Point” – Vayechi 5778

Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26)  Rabbi David Stav  Ironically, the only two Torah portions whose names contain the word “chayyim” – life – center on death. The first is Parshat Chayei Sarah, which details the burial of our matriarch, Sarah. The second is this week’s reading, Parshat Vayechi, which is largely about Jacob’s passing. …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayechi 5778

Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And when the days of mourning for Jacob were over, Joseph spoke to the house of Pharaoh saying, ‘If now I have found favor in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, My father made me swear, and he declared: I am dying. In my grave that I have …

אישה ופרשה: ויחי תשע”ז

  הלידה הרוחנית מעומק תחתיות בעוד על פי הראיה הקלאסית בכדי להגיע לקדושה צריך להתרחק מהטומאה, מלמדת אותנו הפרשה שדווקא בעומק התחתיות של מצרים, מהמקום של השפלות והטומאה, יעקב הגיע לקדושה. רננה בירנבוים …

“Parsha to the Point” – Vayechi 5777

Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Vayechi, which brings the Book of Genesis to a close, contains many conclusions and farewells, primarily concerning Yaakov and his sons. Perhaps the most momentous and elaborate good-bye described in the text is done with all of the children present: “Yaakov called for his sons and …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayechi 5777

Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the judicial interpreter’s staff from between his feet, until Shilo shall come, and unto him shall be the ingathering of nations.” [Gen. 49:10] While purchasing books in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim many years …

“Parsha to the Point” – Vayechi 5776

Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Parshat Vayechi, the last of the weekly portions in the Book of Genesis (Bereishit), relates Yaakov’s deeds during his final days in Egypt. Yaakov’s departure from this world was a process that began when he had Yosef swear to bury him in the …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayechi 5776

Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  In a most uplifting and inspiring deathbed scene, grandfather Jacob/Israel peacefully takes leave of this world by blessing, evaluating and prophesying about every one of his sons, delineating the tribe that will emanate from each and foreshadowing the nation that will …