Rabbi Yissocher Frand discusses honesty and integrity in business dealings in a devar Torah on this week's parsha.
This week's parsha contains Yaakov's famous dream of the ladder with its legs on the ground and its head reaching heavenward. The Angels of G-d ascend and descend the ladder. The Baal HaTurim makes the following interesting but almost inscrutable comment: The numeric value of the Hebrew word for ladder (sulam) equals the numeric value of the Hebrew word for money (mamon). This common "gematria" of 136 obviously teaches some kind of symbolism between the Angels ascending and descending the ladder and money. What is this connection?
Read more: http://www.torah.org/learning/ravfrand/5774/vayeitzei.html
Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff also discusses integrity in an article titled Parshas VaYaitzay - The Unfair Fare.
The NYPost has an article written by 14-year-old ella Epstein regarding her week living as a 1950s teenager, following the advice from “Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide.”
Most days, I wear jeans, a sweater and Uggs. However, the book suggests something more polished — the illustrations show a fuller skirt with fitted sweater, so I relied on below-the-knee skirts, Peter Pan collars, sweaters and dresses — mostly in Betty’s suggested neutrals of navy blue, gray or green. She also instructs teens to wear saddle shoes to school, but my interpretation — Oxfords and short heels in brown and black — were a little strange for a modern teenage girl to wear. All of my outfits were accented with a strand of pearls because Betty says, “Fads come and go, but a simple string of small pearls is still a young girl’s best friend.”
At first I got lots of strange looks from my friends. Halfway through history class, someone asked me why I was dressed like a history teacher. There were a few whispers and some laughing, but I didn’t mind. The Oxfords were stiff and gave me blisters, so I had to ditch them in favor of ballet flats. Still, I felt really feminine since my usual jeans and sweaters aren’t very gender specific.
Looking at the photos accompanying the article, one immediately notices how the 1950s outfits are much more tzinusdik (modest) than those worn now.