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The Kollel is about more than the education and the experiences. Implementing the lessons and ideas into real life can be complicated. Here’s a place to talk about life, to weave the education into experience and discuss how to navigate it properly. 7/20/2018- Devarim/Tishav B’Av- A Comfortable Eichah 7/13/2018- Matot/Masei- A Selfless Calling 7/6/20180 Pinchas- A Shepherd for the Sheep 6/29/2018- Balak: Doubting the Donkey 6/22/2018- Chukat: Like Riding a…

Beauty isn’t Binary

When we read the verses describing the differences between Rachel and Leah Vis-A-Vis Yaakov, they might make us somewhat uncomfortable: Rachel was beautiful and Leah’s “eyes were soft” (29:17); “And Hashem saw that Leah was hated” (29:31). Why is there such a negative description of Leah? If we look closer at the words, however, we notice a peculiarity. It never says that Yaakov hated Leah, but that “she was hated”. Similarly, it’s a…

Do as I Do, Not As I Say

Following the episode of Yaakov getting Eisav’s brachah, Yaakov escapes to Padan Aram to find a wife. The verse tells us that Eisav, too, wanted to find a wife from within the family: “And Eisav saw that the Canaanite women were evil, in the eyes of Yitzchack his father… and he took Machalat, the daughter of Yishmael… as a wife” (28:8-9). While we typically see Eisav in a negative light…

The Fruit that Dwells

Perhaps Avraham’s greatest test, and possibly the last of his ten (see Avot 5:10), was the instruction to sacrifice his only son from Sarah, Yitzchack. We often focus on general themes of the story- like the sacrifice it took, the internal struggle he had, or the symbolism of the shofar afterwards. But one detail at the beginning may shed light on the type of character Avraham needed in order to…