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Family Psychology in the Parsha
Dr.Susskind's Divrei Torah on the Parsha
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Vayishlach Gen. 32:4 - 36:43 Transforming Anger into Love Eisov has come to Yaacov Avinu with murderous intent. Yet, Yaacov Avinu reaches Eisov's heart to the extent that Eisov kisses him lovingly. How did our forefather Yaacov achieve this transformation in his brother? Why did he bow to Eisov? Surely , Yaacov, having just defeated Eisov's malach, was not afraid of Eisov. And why did he bow seven times? What is the significance here of the number seven? For an answer to those questions click here
Terumah Ex. 25:1 - 27:19 Our ability to connect: Lessons from the feminine parts of the Mishkan The Torah lists two sets of instructions for the building of the Mishkan, one given to Moses and a second given to Bezalel. Each set lists elements that were used to bind together the various components of the Tabernacle. Bezalel's version uses a fairly common form of speech for the bindings. However, Moses' blueprint contains very flowery, unusual, feminine language. What do we learn from this difference, in terms of the role of feminine forces in binding us to Hashem and to each other? For an answer to those questions click here