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Weekly Torah portion: VaYigash

By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO — After decades of unfathomable hardships and a multitude of betrayals, broken dreams, and dashed hopes, Yosef now faces the perpetrators who set into motion this sequence of events. Yosef had maneuvered his brothers into a position that would allow him to attain his ultimate revenge. He was a […]

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Weekly Torah portion: Mekeitz

By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO — Pharaoh had a dream in which he saw seven healthy cows come out of the Nile river and stand on the banks of the river. Seven scrawny cows followed and stood with them. At this point of his dream, the scrawny cows ate the healthy cows. Pharaoh continued […]

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Weekly Torah portion: VaYeishev

How Joseph resisted Potiphar’s wife By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO — Possibly no one in history has endured the brutal emotional rollercoaster and harsh physical adversities which Yosef experienced. At a young age, he lost the love and tender care of his beloved mother. He was misunderstood and scorned by most of his brothers […]

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Weekly Torah portion: Vayishlach

By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO — The reunion between the twin brothers, Yaakov and Esav, after a twenty-year separation, appears to be a simple story: Yaakov sends a gift, they meet and hug. Esav says he doesn’t need the gift because ‘I have a lot’ (Genesis 33:9). Yaakov says, ‘I have all that I […]

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Weekly Torah portion: VaYatzei

More than Enough is Nothing! By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO — Yaakov had just left his parent’s home and his birthplace to journey to a foreign land in search of a wife. An encounter with Eliphaz, the first-born son of Esau, had left him penniless. Early darkness forced him to camp in an unfamiliar […]

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Weekly Torah Portion: VaYelech

By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO– The people are about to enter the land. After forty years of wandering and waiting, they have prepared themselves and built a close relationship with G-d. It is now time to enter the land and serve G-d through both the spiritual and physical aspects of man. Before they enter, […]

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Weekly Torah portion: Ki Tetzei

By Rabbi Yaakov Marks   SAN DIEGO — “But what will they say?” Better yet ask, “What will you answer to yourself?” You shall not see the ox or the sheep of your brother wandering and disregard them. You will surely return them to your brother. If your brother is not near or you do not […]

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Weekly Torah portion: Naso

By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO — The formation of the new nation had materialized. The Holy Tabernacle was erected, a census was performed, the army was established, and the tribes were given their flags and assigned positions around the Tabernacle. Then G-d commanded: “Send out all people with Tzoraas (individuals who contracted a spiritually-generated skin […]

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Weekly Torah portion: Bamidbar

By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO — And G-d spoke to Moshe and Aaron saying: “Each man under his flag with the signs according to the house of their fathers they will camp, at a distance and around the Tabernacle they will camp.” (Numbers 2:2) The Midrash Rabbah (Numbers 2:7) is concerned that the phrase “…according […]

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Weekly Torah portion: Bechukosi

By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO — If after all these hardships befall you, you continue to act improperly, “Those remaining from you will perish in the land of your enemies because of your sins and even from the sins of your fathers which are with you, you will perish.” (Leviticus 26:39) This statement presents […]

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Weekly Torah portion: Behar

By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO — “If you will observe my statutes and my laws, then you will dwell in the land safely. The land will produce its fruit, and you will eat to satiety and you will dwell in the land in security.” (Leviticus 25:18-19) With this G-d promises us that if we […]

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Weekly Torah portion: Emor

Terumah – Enjoying to Eat or Eating to Enjoy By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO — Terumah is the first of the tithes that are taken by a farmer from his crops that are grown in Israel. The farmer separates from his produce a portion between one-sixtieth and one-fortieth and gives it to a Kohen […]

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Weekly Torah Portion: Kedoshim

I Can’t Wait By Rabbi Yaakov Marks  SAN DIEGO — “And when you come to the land, you will plant all types of fruit trees. For three years the fruit will be prohibited; in the fourth year it will be sanctified to praise G-d, and in the fifth year and from then on you may […]

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Weekly Torah portion: Metzora

Mistakes Happen – Failure is Chosen By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO —  The Metzora was a person who was so involved in gossip and tale-bearing that even after several types of divine warnings he refused to give up or sometimes even recognize his immoral behavior. Some people even considered their inappropriate behavior to be virtuous. […]

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