Dec 28, 2015
Parshat Shemot - They Were Fruitful and Multiplied, written by Harav Yaakov Medan
The number of years that the people of Israel were enslaved in Egypt is subject to debate among the commentators. What can the answer to this question tell us about the incredible growth of the nation in Egypt from seventy souls to a vast...
Dec 23, 2015
Parshat Vayechi - Rachel's Death and Burial, by Harav Yaakov Medan
What is the reason for Rachel's unique, eternal role in our tradition, and how does this connect to the perennial dispute over the location of her burial site?
Dec 16, 2015
Parshat Vayigash - Yosef and Yehuda, written by Harav Yaakov Medan
The respective narratives of Yehuda and Yosef contain several clear parallels. What does the Torah's attitude toward these two brothers teach us about the quality of leadership throughout the history of the nation of Israel?
Dec 9, 2015
Parashat Miketz - The Meaning of Yosef's Estrangement, written by Harav Yaakov Medan
The Torah's description of Yosef's evolving relationship with his family contains many unusual and inexplicable elements. How can understanding Yosef's mindset and mentality throughout his harrowing narrative help explain many of...