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Parsha 09 – VaYeshev – Yaakov, Rochel, Yosef, and the Unifying Power of Truth (Entire Shiur)

Source: Likutey Halakhos, Choshen Mishpat 2, Hilkhos Geneyva 5, Para. 27-33.
00:00 – PARAGRAPH 27. Why we read the 12 offerings of each prince of the Twelve Tribes during Chanukah.
01:25 – PARAGRAPH 28. The merchant caravan that brought Yosef haTzaddik to Egypt was carrying fragrant spices in his merit.
02:02 – Yosef is an aspect of Moshiach.
02:58 – PARAGRAPH 29. Yaakov Avinu finds his zivug (soul mate) outside the land of Israel. Yosef‘s coat of many colors.
05:38 – PARAGRAPH 30. Rochel gives birth to Yosef. Rashi’s commentary on Yaakov as a “[spark of] fire” that ignites the flames of the Chanukah menorah.
09:46 – PARAGRAPH 31. Although every Jewish soul carries an aspect of truth, the passions of this world confuse the truth. Only the Tzaddik Emes, as aspect of Yosef HaTzaddik, can unify all the souls of Israel by refining the truth within each soul.
16:03 – PARAGRAPH 32. “The house of Yaakov is a [spark of] fire, and the house of Yosef is a flame, and the house of Esav is straw.” (Ovadia 1:18).
24:01 – The flax mentioned hints at the conflict between Cain and Hevel.
28:17 – PARAGRAPH 33. Pharaoh’s dream. Yaakov knew that Yosef‘s abilities in discerning the deepest truth surpassed those of his brothers. The Zohar calls false leaders of Israel “thieves”.

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