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And Abba Agrees: Bava Kamma 11a

If Reuven digs or opens a deep pit and Shimon’s ox falls to its death, Reuven must make restitution, and the animal’s carcass is “his,”

Why It’s Called באר שבע

“And he called it שבעה; therefore the name of the city is באר שבע till this very day” (Bereishis 26:33). The implication is that because

A Petition to Hashem

Parshat Toldot shows the power of our tefillot. Hashem is always listening to our tefillot and wants to agree to our prayers. The word prayer

Prayer Muscles: Bava Kama Daf 19

Rebbe Nachman used to say, “One must pray for every little thing, even if you tear your garment and need another one.” His disciple, Rabbi

The Wellsprings of Strength

Esav’s duplicity and evil are not the only things making Parshat Toldot particularly relevant for our times. One aspect of the parsha that speaks to

Inner Light

The light fixture hanging in our kitchen when we first moved onto 3 Landau Lane was ancient. In fact, I think it was there before

The Voice of Victory

Under a thick disguise of Eisav’s clothing, with his arms and neck covered in goat skin, Yaakov approaches his father, Yitzchak, to receive the weighty

Emunah From a Time Gone By

“If you could choose any three people to have dinner with, who would you choose?” In considering this common question often asked of interviewees, my

The Meaning of ‘Va-Yitrotzetzu’

In that famous verse in Toledot (25:22), we are told: “va-yitrotzetzu (ויתרצצו) ha-banim be-kirbah.” What does that first word mean? ArtScroll’s Stone Chumash translates this

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