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Vayechi 5784

Have you dealt with your past? When I began the book of Genesis this year, I decided to teach how to apply the Torah to our lives instead of dealing with theology. One of the most difficult things for us to learn is how to forgive, and especially how to forgive ourselves.  Most of our […]

Vayetze 5784

Take Comfort in the Promises of God In Parashat Vayetze, in Genesis 28:14 and 15, God made the following promises to Jacob as He did to Isaac and Abraham before him. You shall be as the dust of the earth. You shall be spread abroad to the west, east, north, and south. In you and […]

Parashat Vayetze 5783

9 Kislev 5783 What does Jacob’s Ladder Symbolize? The beauty that I find in our community, Kehilat She’ar Yashuv and that our rabbi always brought to our attention is that we are not a religious group that censors outside ideas and that although we have unity, we are not stuck in uniformity in how […]

Parashat Vayetze 5782

“From What are We Running?” “For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again, but the wicked stumble under adversity.”(Mishlei 24:16) This Parashah begins and ends with an escape. But who runs away, from what and from whom is he escaping? Yaakov being a protected son, raised at home, now 63 years old, […]

Parashat Vayetze 5781

The Portal To Heaven 12 Kislev 5781                               By Rabino Iosef Chemi Today we are going to look at Parashat Vayetze. I want to read Bereshit, Genesis chapter 28 pasuk, verse 17   יִּירָא, וַיֹּאמַר, מַה-נּוֹרָא, הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה:  אֵין זֶה, כִּי אִם-בֵּית אֱלֹהִים, וְזֶה, שַׁעַר הַשָּׁמָיִם. “And he was afraid and said: ‘How awesome is this place! this is none […]

Parasha Vayetze 5780

Comment savons-nous que Dieu nous parle ? Kislev 9 5780 וַיֵּצֵא, ט’ כסלו תש”פ Quand je dis que je n’aime pas la religion, je veux dire que les gens confondent la religion avec une relation avec le Créateur. La religion donne toutes les réponses aux gens, mais moi, en tant que rabbin, je vous mets […]

Parashat Vayetze 5780

Kislev 9 5780 וַיֵּצֵא, ט’ כסלו תש”פ When I say that I do not like religion, I mean that people confuse religion with having a relationship with the Creator. Religion gives people all the answers but I, as a rabbi challenge you to think for yourself. Religious leaders can be very wise or holy, but […]