Vayishlach

Vayishlach: Two is a Crowd

November 20, 2010 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
It is for good reason that co-wives are described as tzarot (literally, problems). Competing as they inevitably must for the same man, their relationship is doomed to be one of jealousy, bickering and even (unfortunately) hatred. Jewish law, recognizing this sad situation, disqualifies the testimony of one spouse regarding the other—we are afraid that they will simply lie. Despite the best of intentions to make this "...
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VaYishlach: Changing Names

December 16, 2005 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Names play a significant role in Jewish thought. A cursory glance at the names given to the twelve tribes signifies the importance of each name. Noach, Moshe, and Yitzchak had their names chosen to commemorate events surrounding their births. And of course, the Torah records many instances where a name was changed, signifying a change in the status of the person. Of our three patriarchs, Abraham and Yaakov both had their names changed by G-d....
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