Vayishlach 5773

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Kli Yakar explains that the Yetzer Hara is like a fly that can't damage one's skin, but looks for an opening. This is how the angel was able to attack Yaakov, he found a small deficiency in Yaakov's middos. Yaakov had gotten very rich by Hashem and this caused him to not be satisfied with what he had (but very slightly). This is why he crossed over the river to retrieve his small items. The angel noticed this "opening" and attacked Yaakov.

Toldot 5773

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Kli Yakar explains the love Yitzchak had for Esav and bases his pshat off of a mishnah in pirkei avos (5:16): Love that is dependent on certain outside factors doesn't last; once the factors disappear, so too does the love. Yitzchak only loved Esav at the very moment Esav fed him. Once he finished eating, his love for Esav disappeared. This is unlike Rivkah's love for Yaakov which had no outside reason attached to it, and "a love like this doesn't disappear."

Chayei Sarah 5773

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Avraham remarries at the end of the parsha to Keturah. Rashi says this was Hagar and was called Keturah because her actions were nice as ketores (the incense). But didn't Rashi say last week she went back to doing avodah zarah (idolatry) after leaving Avraham? The Kli Yakar explains that Hagar had done teshuvah and the actions of a ba'al teshuvah become good and are like a nice smell (kivyachol) for Hashem, just like the ketores is. Avraham had named her Keturah to tell people she had done teshuvah.

Vayeira 5773

Thursday, November 1, 2012

During the akeidah, Avraham wakes up early and saddles his own donkey. Why does he so, doesn't he have servants who can saddle the donkey for him? The Midrash Tanchuma answers that both actions are showing the eagerness of Avraham to carry out Hashem's will and the idea of zerizim makdimim lemitzvos. May we follow in Avraham's footsteps and perform mitzvos in the same manner.
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