The Serious Consequences Of Playing Favorites

From last week’s parshah: וְיִשְׂרָאֵל, אָהַב אֶת-יוֹסֵף מִכָּל-בָּנָיו–כִּי-בֶן-זְקֻנִים הוּא, לוֹ; וְעָשָׂה לוֹ, כְּתֹנֶת פַּסִּים.1 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.2 Our tradition blames Ya’akov for fomenting the strife between his sons, and even holds […]

The Fiduciary Responsibilities Of Shepherds

We recently read Ya’akov’s infuriated protestation of his honesty during his service to Lavan: ויחר ליעקב וירב בלבן ויען יעקב ויאמר ללבן … הייתי ביום אכלני חרב וקרח בלילה ותדד שנתי מעיני1 Is a shepherd actually Halachically obligated in this level of diligence? Rav Ahai Gaon does indeed derive from this passage that he is, […]