Yaakov and Esav

Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagan, author of Chofetz Chaim (1838-1933)

Oct 11 2012

The Chofetz Chaim opposed Zionism because it violates the principles of Yaakov Avinu and our code of conduct in exile.

Rabbi Yishaya Horowitz, the Shelah Hakadosh (1565-1630)

Jul 10 2012

The Shelah Hakadosh says: Just as Yaakov used prayer, gifts and war, so do we approach Esav's descendants in our times. Our power is only through our mouth, to pray to Hashem in difficult times.

Rabbi Shlomo Ephraim Luntschitz, author of Kli Yakar (1550-1619)

Jul 09 2012

The Kli Yakar, in his work Ir Giborim, speaks about the lesson from the meeting of Yaakov and Esav that we must prepare ourselves with prayer, gifts and war.

Rabbi Don Yitzchak Abarbanel, Major Scriptural Commentator (1437-1508)

Jun 30 2012

“Avraham foresaw the length of this exile and the great misfortunes it brought, and he feared that his descendants would rise up to leave the exile before the time set by Hashem, just as the children of Ephraim left the Egyptian exile before the time, w

Rabbi Yitzchak Arama, author of Akeidas Yitzchak (1420-1494)

Jun 29 2012

"Let my master pass before his servant, and I will continue slowly, according to the work that is before me and according to the children, until I come to my master, to Seir" (Bereishis 33:14).

Rabbi Yehuda ben Maharam Chalava (1300's)

Jun 22 2012

Rabbi Yehuda ben Maharam Chalava comments on Yaakov Avinu’s three preparations for meeting Esav: “What happened to Yaakov with Esav will happen to us in all generations, and we must prepare ourselves with prayer and gifts, but not with war.

Rabbeinu Bachya ben Asher, major commentator on the Torah (c. 1340)

Jun 19 2012

Rabbeinu Bachya ben Asher writes at the beginning of Vayishlach: We must follow in the footsteps of the Avos and prepare ourselves to approach the gentiles with gifts, with soft speech and with prayer before Hashem.

Parsha Pearls: Parshas Vayishlach

Oct 19 2011

Never Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
The Satan Calls Himself "Israel"
Another Reason for the Diaspora
Bow Your Head to the Wave

Parsha Pearls: Parshas Balak

Sep 14 2011

Don't be frumer than the Torah
Natural, But Only With Moshiach
What Pinchas Foresaw
Just Say No to the Army

Parsha Pearls: Parshas Devarim

Sep 08 2011

Why do you show yourselves?
What Should We Pray During a War?
Mass Immigration
Stopping the Spread of Heresy
The Power of the Holy Tongue

Parsha Pearls: Succos

Aug 19 2011

Why there is no nun in Ashrei

Hashem caused this to come about, it is wondrous in our eyes. (Hallel, Tehillim 118:23)