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Parshat Vayigash: Dual Flames By: Mrs. Shira Smiles
In this shiur (Torah class) on Parshat Vayigash, Mrs. Shira Smiles explores the Midrash on the Pasuk that says that Yaakov sent Yehuda ahead to Egypt.The Midrash says that we do not say the bracha on the havdala until we get pleasure from its light. We learn this from Hashem. First he saw the light was good and then he made a distinction between light and darkness. Likewise only after we get benefit from the havdala light, can we making the distinction between Shabbat and the rest of the week.Yehuda was sent ahead to Egypt to make this havdala between the holiness of living a Torah life and the darkness of Egypt. Hashem waited for Adam to rub two stones together to create fire before sending down a heavenly fire from above. Likewise every motzai Shabbat when we light our havdala candle, Hashem sends down the light of his Shechina to guard us in the coming week. This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for download in mp3 and ipod video formats.

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  • Laura wrote on January, 30 2015 6:43 pm

    It would be so helpful if Mrs. Smiles's parsha classes listed the part that the titles are related to so that we can find the relevant parsha.

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Class: Parsha for Our Lives 5770

Added: December 21, 2009

Class Number: 9 of 30

Time: 62:18

Topics: Chumash / Parsha / Parshat Vayigash / Teshuva


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