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The Warriors of Ephraim

More than a hundred years had passed since the death of Joseph in Egypt, and the bitterness of the Golut (Exile) had become daily more unbearable. The...

Serach

Every boy who has studied Chumash knows the name of Serach, the daughter of Asher, who was one of Jacob's twelve sons ("the Tribes of...

Joseph's Adventures

The Boy Disappears Joseph's brothers returned to their meal in grim silence. What had they done? Had they gone crazy? They looked at each other...

Judah

Eleven happy brothers were on their way to Canaan, returning to their aged father Jacob. Their sacks were full of food for their starving children and...

Naftoli and His Tribe

Naftoli was the fifth son of our father Yaakov. He was the younger of the two sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maid, whom Rachel had offered to be...

Gad and His Tribe

Gad was one of the twelve sons of Jacob, making up the twelve tribes of Israel. Gad was the son of Zilpah, one of Jacob's four wives, who was also the...

Jacob And Esau

Abraham reached the ripe old age of 175 years. He felt that the time had come for him to leave this world. He sent for his son Isaac, who was then 75...

Jacob's Last Jouney

At the very ripe old age of 147, our patriarch Jacob died in Egypt, surrounded by all his children. His beloved son Joseph was at' his bedside, as...

Jacob, Our Father

Among the Three Patriarchs of our people, Jacob (Yaakov) takes a special place. He was the "favorite" of our Patriarch, our Sages say (Ber. Rabbah 76)....

Isaac, Our Father

Isaac (Yitzchok) resembled his father Abraham in many ways. In fact, he looked so much like his father that there could be no mistake in anybody's...