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The Parsha Experiment - Vayeitzei: To Deceive Or Not To Deceive, That Is The Question

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This two-page guide shares topics for discussion, both about the content and about the "big picture" that Rabbi Fohrman alludes to in the video. It also includes a graphic organizer, to organize your thoughts as you go through the material. 

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This week's Torah portion describes some very random stories - like another census of the nation, and the daughters of Zelophehad appealing to Moses for a portion of land. Then, suddenly, the stories culminate with God telling Moses about his pending death. Why does the Torah group all of these stories together, and does it have to do with God also telling Moses to appoint Joshua as the next leader of the nation of Israel? - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/pinchas-what-is-true-leadership/autoplay#sthash.kor5HY57.dpuf
This week's Torah portion describes some very random stories - like another census of the nation, and the daughters of Zelophehad appealing to Moses for a portion of land. Then, suddenly, the stories culminate with God telling Moses about his pending death. Why does the Torah group all of these stories together, and does it have to do with God also telling Moses to appoint Joshua as the next leader of the nation of Israel? - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/pinchas-what-is-true-leadership/autoplay#sthash.kor5HY57.dpuf
This week's Torah portion describes some very random stories - like another census of the nation, and the daughters of Zelophehad appealing to Moses for a portion of land. Then, suddenly, the stories culminate with God telling Moses about his pending death. Why does the Torah group all of these stories together, and does it have to do with God also telling Moses to appoint Joshua as the next leader of the nation of Israel? - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/pinchas-what-is-true-leadership/autoplay#sthash.kor5HY57.dpuf
This week's Torah portion describes some very random stories - like another census of the nation, and the daughters of Zelophehad appealing to Moses for a portion of land. Then, suddenly, the stories culminate with God telling Moses about his pending death. Why does the Torah group all of these stories together, and does it have to do with God also telling Moses to appoint Joshua as the next leader of the nation of Israel? - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/pinchas-what-is-true-leadership/autoplay#sthash.kor5HY57.dpuf
This week's Torah portion describes some very random stories - like another census of the nation, and the daughters of Zelophehad appealing to Moses for a portion of land. Then, suddenly, the stories culminate with God telling Moses about his pending death. Why does the Torah group all of these stories together, and does it have to do with God also telling Moses to appoint Joshua as the next leader of the nation of Israel? - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/pinchas-what-is-true-leadership/autoplay#sthash.kor5HY57.dpuf
This week's Torah portion describes some very random stories - like another census of the nation, and the daughters of Zelophehad appealing to Moses for a portion of land. Then, suddenly, the stories culminate with God telling Moses about his pending death. Why does the Torah group all of these stories together, and does it have to do with God also telling Moses to appoint Joshua as the next leader of the nation of Israel? - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/pinchas-what-is-true-leadership/autoplay#sthash.kor5HY57.dpuf
This week's Torah portion describes some very random stories - like another census of the nation, and the daughters of Zelophehad appealing to Moses for a portion of land. Then, suddenly, the stories culminate with God telling Moses about his pending death. Why does the Torah group all of these stories together, and does it have to do with God also telling Moses to appoint Joshua as the next leader of the nation of Israel? - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/pinchas-what-is-true-leadership/autoplay#sthash.kor5HY57.dpuf
This week's Torah portion describes some very random stories - like another census of the nation, and the daughters of Zelophehad appealing to Moses for a portion of land. Then, suddenly, the stories culminate with God telling Moses about his pending death. Why does the Torah group all of these stories together, and does it have to do with God also telling Moses to appoint Joshua as the next leader of the nation of Israel? - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/pinchas-what-is-true-leadership/autoplay#sthash.kor5HY57.dpuf
This week, we ask an incredibly broad question: what is the purpose of the nation of Israel in this world? To answer this, Rabbi Fohrman points out a fascinating connection between the three blessings Balaam (accidentally) gives the nation of Israel and the three blessings God gives to Abraham in Genesis. These links, Rabbi Fohrman argues, provide incredible insight into our purpose and our destiny, as a nation, and how we can bring God's blessings into the world. - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/balak-what-is-israels-purpose-in-the-world/autoplay#sthash.rsjEZVe0.dpuf
This week, we ask an incredibly broad question: what is the purpose of the nation of Israel in this world? To answer this, Rabbi Fohrman points out a fascinating connection between the three blessings Balaam (accidentally) gives the nation of Israel and the three blessings God gives to Abraham in Genesis. These links, Rabbi Fohrman argues, provide incredible insight into our purpose and our destiny, as a nation, and how we can bring God's blessings into the world. - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/balak-what-is-israels-purpose-in-the-world/autoplay#sthash.rsjEZVe0.dpuf
This week's Torah portion describes some very random stories - like another census of the nation, and the daughters of Zelophehad appealing to Moses for a portion of land. Then, suddenly, the stories culminate with God telling Moses about his pending death. Why does the Torah group all of these stories together, and does it have to do with God also telling Moses to appoint Joshua as the next leader of the nation of Israel? - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/pinchas-what-is-true-leadership/autoplay#sthash.2NOO9oLa.dpuf
In this week's Torah portion, Rabbi Fohrman brings up a unique law God gives to the Israelites: that four types of people, on the eve of battle, can turn around and go home. What are those four groups, and what does it mean that they are allowed to return home? This week, we will analyze this section of text and use it to answer the same question as Rabbi Fohrman's recent audio series: what is the meaning of life? - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/shoftim-the-significance-of-saving-private-ryan/autoplay#sthash.gWMdgDel.dpuf
In this week's Torah portion, Rabbi Fohrman brings up a unique law God gives to the Israelites: that four types of people, on the eve of battle, can turn around and go home. What are those four groups, and what does it mean that they are allowed to return home? This week, we will analyze this section of text and use it to answer the same question as Rabbi Fohrman's recent audio series: what is the meaning of life? - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/shoftim-the-significance-of-saving-private-ryan/autoplay#sthash.gWMdgDel.dpuf
In this week's Torah portion, Rabbi Fohrman brings up a unique law God gives to the Israelites: that four types of people, on the eve of battle, can turn around and go home. What are those four groups, and what does it mean that they are allowed to return home? This week, we will analyze this section of text and use it to answer the same question as Rabbi Fohrman's recent audio series: what is the meaning of life? - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/shoftim-the-significance-of-saving-private-ryan/autoplay#sthash.gWMdgDel.dpuf
In this week's Torah portion, Rabbi Fohrman brings up a unique law God gives to the Israelites: that four types of people, on the eve of battle, can turn around and go home. What are those four groups, and what does it mean that they are allowed to return home? This week, we will analyze this section of text and use it to answer the same question as Rabbi Fohrman's recent audio series: what is the meaning of life? - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/shoftim-the-significance-of-saving-private-ryan/autoplay#sthash.gWMdgDel.dpuf
In last week's Ki Tavo video, Rabbi Fohrman introduced us to the farmer with first fruit, the individual with tithes stored in his house, and the person who might be cursed. In this video, Rabbi Fohrman makes the argument that perhaps these three people are actually one person, going through three stages of an ongoing story. As we go through the stages of this potential downfall of an individual, Rabbi Fohrman shows the importance of serving God with happiness - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/nitzavim-the-pursuit-of-happiness-part-22/autoplay#sthash.H1dTIJvG.dpuf
In last week's Ki Tavo video, Rabbi Fohrman introduced us to the farmer with first fruit, the individual with tithes stored in his house, and the person who might be cursed. In this video, Rabbi Fohrman makes the argument that perhaps these three people are actually one person, going through three stages of an ongoing story. As we go through the stages of this potential downfall of an individual, Rabbi Fohrman shows the importance of serving God with happiness - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/nitzavim-the-pursuit-of-happiness-part-22/autoplay#sthash.H1dTIJvG.dpuf
In last week's Ki Tavo video, Rabbi Fohrman introduced us to the farmer with first fruit, the individual with tithes stored in his house, and the person who might be cursed. In this video, Rabbi Fohrman makes the argument that perhaps these three people are actually one person, going through three stages of an ongoing story. As we go through the stages of this potential downfall of an individual, Rabbi Fohrman shows the importance of serving God with happiness - See more at: https://www.alephbeta.org/course/lecture/nitzavim-the-pursuit-of-happiness-part-22/autoplay#sthash.H1dTIJvG.dpuf

Jacob - the final of the three forefathers, has some of the most complicated and unbelievably beautiful narratives in Biblical literature. Strangely, when we delve into the stories of Jacob, the theme that emerges seems to be. . . deception? As the text seems to point out, Jacob deceives his family members, and is in turn deceived by them. In Parshat Vayeitzei (Genesis 28:10-32:3) we try and tackle the infamous question- what is the Bible trying to teach us with this focus on Jacob and the theme of deception?.

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by Rabbi Fohrman

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