Rabbi Pini Dunner - Vayeitzei
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Rabbi Dunner examines the opening section of Parshat Vayeitzei, which vividly describes Yaakov’s famous dream as he leaves Canaan on his way to Haran. The imagery of a ladder rising into the heavens, with angels going up and down, has fascinated commentators and philosophers in every era. But what does the imagery mean? Why did God choose this method to convey His covenant to Yaakov? How is one to understand Yaakov’s cryptic reaction? The entire episode is loaded with mysteries and hidden meanings. Rabbi Dunner explores a range of commentaries to try and unravel the mysteries, although only the Netivot Shalom seems to offer a viable model that truly opens up this episode in a satisfying and meaningful way.

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