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THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue VII Parshas Vayeitzei YISHUV eRETZ yISROEL Does it apply today? At what risk? At what cost? By Rabbi Yaakov Rappaport
THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue VII Parshas Vayeitzei The Blind Thief Would a blind robber transgress the prohibition of theft? Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU Senior Educational Rabbinic Coordinator
What is it that made Jacob—not Abraham or Isaac or Moses—the true father of the Jewish people? We are the “congregation of Jacob,” “the children of Israel.” Jacob/Israel is the man whose name we bear. Yet Jacob did not begin the Jewish journey; Abraham did. Jacob faced no trial like that of Isaac at the binding. He did not lead the people out of Egypt, or bring them the Torah. To be sure, all his children stayed within the faith, unlike Abraham or Isaac. But that simply pushes the question back one level. Why did he succeed where Abraham and Isaac failed?