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Vayechi: Gedolim Had it Easy

The Ba’al HaTurim explains that the gematria (numerical value) of the word vayechi (lived) is seventeen. The Torah is telling us that Vayechi — the life of Yaakov was seventeen years. Up until that point, he had suffered so much that his years couldn’t rightfully be called a life. The sum total of the years that he spent without torment was the seventeen years that he lived in Mitzrayim. That was his life. With this,…






Vayechi: The Greatness Of Man

Rabbeinu Tam explains that Yaakov Avinu didn’t want to be buried in Mitzrayim because this would prevent HASHEM from bringing the ten makkos (plagues) on the land in which he lay. Therefore, he asked Yosef to take an oath that he would not bury him there. This concept seems very difficult to understand. The makkos were critical for teaching emunah (belief) to the generations. Why would the mere presence of Yaakov’s body, more than two…






Vayechi: Me and My Big Mouth

Yaakov Avinu spent the last 17 years of his life in Mitzraim. For the first time in many, many years, he lived in peace and tranquility, and in that state finishes off his stay on this planet. Near the very end of his days, he calls in his beloved son Yosef to make an impassioned request: “Please do not bury me in Mitzraim.” Rashi tells us that after this event, when Yaakov felt he had…






Vayechi: Make Sure Brain is on Before Putting Mouth in Gear

Yaakov Avinu spent the final seventeen years of his life in Mitzrayim. While there he lived in peace for the first time in many, many years and remained in that state for the rest of his life. Near the very end of his days, he called in his beloved son Yosef and made an impassioned request: “Please do not bury me in Mitzrayim.” After this event, when Yaakov felt his end drawing nearer, he again…






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