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Time Period 5779 (2018).

Week of  3 Kislev  (November 11) — Shabbat 9 Kislev  (November 17)

Bereishit (Genesis) 28:10–32:3

Hoshea (Hosea) 13:6–14:10

Avraham saw his appointed meeting place with G-d as a distant and foreboding mountain, (Mount Moriah), and Yitzchak envisioned the Holy Temple to be a field, accessible and alive. But it was Yaakov who understood the Holy Temple to be a home, a nurturing, loving center in which G-d and all mankind can embrace.

Yaakov our patriarch laid his head down on the site of the altar upon which Yitzchak his father had been bound, and rose up with the knowledge that this was the very place from which Avraham had declared, “G-d will be seen.” This is the Temple Mount of today, and it is incumbent upon the children of Yaakov/Yisrael that the One True G-d is seen from this place.

” …and he took some of the stones of the place and placed them at his head, and he lay down in that place.” (Genesis 28:11) What was “that place,” and what was the nature of those stones that Ya’akov gathered together, and which, upon his awakening from his dream of a House of G-d, formed a single stone, which became the very “foundation stone” upon which all creation is established? And how could the “foundation stone” upon which the entire world rests find itself in that place and at that very moment when Ya’akov chose to take his sleep? It was Ya’akov’s consecration of the stone with olive oil that made the transformation possible.

Weekly Torah Portion: Vayeitzei w/Rabbi Chaim Richman

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