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Yaacov’s Humility

Why does Yaacov belittle himself by referring in ch. 32 V.5 to Esov as his master and to himself as Esov’s servant when he was not even speaking to Esov nor was he in his presence of anywhere near within…

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Shabbat Hagadol

One of the most interesting aspects of this Shabbat preceding Pesach is its name which we usually translate to mean the Great Shabbat.  However this leaves us with a number of questions. Why then is the masculine adjective ha-gadol used,…

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The Absence of any breaks

One of the features of the Torah is the paragraphing system known as Petuchot and Stumot.  A Petucha is where the whole of the remaining part of the line is left blank and the text resumes on the next line and its purpose is…

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