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  1. JHI Dvar Torah on Parshat Meketz
    Sent December 15th 2017

    PARSHAT MEKETZ – WHEN RESPONSIBILITIES ARE SHARED        Parshat Meketz describes how Yosef (Joseph) interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams. The dreams, he said, foretold seven years of abundant harvests followed by seven years of severe famine. Yosef then advised P...

  2. JHI Dvar Torah on Parshat Vayeshev
    Sent December 7th 2017

    PARSHAT VAYESHEV - EXTREME PIETY Parshat Vayeshev contains one of the most dramatic stories of the Chumash (Bible) - the temptation of Yosef (Joseph). It happened when Yosef was a slave in the household of Potifar, a high-ranking minister of the Pharaoh. Y...

  3. JHI Dvar Torah on Parshat Vayishlach
    Sent November 30th 2017

    PARSHAT VAYISHLACH - PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS Parshat Yayishlach relates that the son of the ruler of the city of Shechem abducted and sodomized Dinah, the daughter of Yaakov (the Forefather Jacob). In response, two of her 11 brothers, Shimon and Levi, ...

  4. JHI Dvar Torah on Parshat Vayetze
    Sent November 23rd 2017

    PARSHAT VAYETZE – WEILDING INFLUENCE Last week’s Parsha describes how Yaakov (Jacob), prompted by his mother Rivka (Rebecca), conspired to have Isaac’s (Yitzchak’s) major blessing diverted to himself from his brother Eisav (Essau). Yaakov parents then adv...

  5. JHI Dvar Torah on Parshat Toldot
    Sent November 16th 2017

    PARSHAT TOLDOT – PSYCHOLOGICAL DEFENSE MECHANISMS Eisav (Esau).was entitled to a greater monetary inheritance than his younger brother Yaakov (the Forefather Jacob); he was the firstborn son of the Forefather Yitzchak (Isaac), Additionally, being the first...

  6. JHI Dvar Torah on Parshat Chaye Sara
    Sent November 9th 2017

    PARSHAT CHAYEH SARAH – KNOW THY PLACE Parshat Chaye Sarah relates that Avraham (Abraham) set out to choose a wife for his son Isaac, and he charged his servant Eliezer with the responsibility of finding the right person. Avraham's instructions were to begi...

  7. JHI Dvar Torah on Parshat Vayera
    Sent November 2nd 2017

    PARSHAT VAYERA – THE TRUE VIP Parshat Vayera begins by describing that Avraham (the Forefather Abraham) “Was sitting in the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day.” Quoting the Talmud, the Commentary of Rashi writes that Avraham had recently circumcis...

  8. Jewish Heritage Initiative - Dvar Torah on
    Sent October 26th 2017

    PARSHAT LECH LECHA – HUMAN SENSITIVITY Adapted from the teachings of Rabbi Alter Chanoch Henach Hakohen Liebowitz (1918 - 2008) Parshat Lech Lecha begins with Hashem (G-d) commanding Avraham (Abraham): “Go from your land, your birthplace, and from the hom...

  9. JHI Dvar Torah on Parshat Noach
    Sent October 19th 2017

    PARSHAT NOACH – PEACE AND BROTHRHOOD Parshat Noach describes the downfall of two different civilizations. The first was the entire generation of Noach’s time, among whom robbery and sins of the flesh were pervasive. Hashem (G-d) destroyed them in the Great...

  10. JHI SPECIAL PRE-ROSH HASHANNA DVAR TORAH
    Sent September 14th 2017

    Beginning on the first day of the month of Ellul and ending 40 days later with Yom Kippur, Jews focus particularly upon teshuva (repentance).” In an effort to further arouse stirrings of teshuva, we translated an excerpt on teshuva taken from the classic T...

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