My Missing Mother

Shmuli Zema - 5768 In Parshat Vayishlach (לה:ח) the pasuk states “Deborah, the wet nurse of Rebecca, died, and she was buried below the plateau; and he named it Allon-bachuth.” The next pasuk (לה:ט) then says, “And God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-aram, and He blessed him.” Based on these pesukim,... Continue Reading →


Higher and Higher

Scott Shulman - 5768 In this week’s parsha, we come across the following verse (32:30): “Then Jacob asked, and he said ‘Please tell me your name.’ And he (the angel) said ‘Why do you ask my name?’ And he (the angel) blessed him there.” Regarding this verse, one may ask several questions: Why did Jacob... Continue Reading →

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