Vayishlach: Working from the Strengths Perspective

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Dec 11, 2019
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Venue: Young Israel of Oak Park Young Israel of Oak Park

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In a tragic and peculiar episode, Yaakov names his last son ‘Binyamin’ despite the fact that his dying beloved wife, Rachel, gave her last wish that he should be named ‘Ben-Oni’. We analyzed the meanings of both ‘oni’ and ‘yamin’ in this context and with the help of the Ramban and later stories of Yaakov, we came to realize that he wasn’t simply disregarding Rachel’s wishes, but emphasizing the same message from a different perspective. Instead of focusing on the pain she overcame, Yaakov wanted to focus on the strength she mustered in overcoming that pain. We noted how may also lie beneath Beis Shammai and Beis Hillel’s disagreement in how one lights Chanukah candles.

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Learning on the Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah site is sponsored today by Ruth Peyser Kestenbaum and Miriam & Alan Goldberg to mark the seventh yahrtzeit of their father, Irwin Peyser, Harav Yisroel Chaim ben R' Dovid V' Fraidah Raizel Peyser and by Debbie Nossbaum in loving memory of her father, Nathan Werdiger