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Vayera

Your Questions
Why Is There a Sandek at a Brit?

One of the highest honors at a brit milah (Jewish circumcision) is holding the baby on one’s lap
By the Numbers
25 Shabbat Facts Every Jew Should Know

Every week, for the 25 hours beginning just before sundown on Friday until after night has fallen on Saturday night, Jewish people celebrate Shabbat, a period of rest and spiritual rejuvenation.
Parshah
When You Can’t Wrap Your Mind Around G-d’s Plan

Why would G‑d finally give Abraham a son and then take him away? Why snuff out Isaac’s life before he’s had any children of his own? Abraham and Sarah would have no children or grandchildren to continue their legacy of monotheism.
Too Much Testing?

Why was Abraham continuously tested?
Vayera Parshah Quiz

Take this quiz to see how well you know the parshah of Vayera.
Perspectives
Size Extra-Large Works for Me and My Family

A friend once smiled at my children and at me, then said, “You don’t have to have, like, a million kids.”
Finding Gratitude in the Supermarket, Even When the Shelves Were Empty

I sighed again and was on the verge of complaining to my daughter when I looked over at the the man picking through the soggy cucumbers right by me.
Illumination, Not Elimination

Chapter 15 of Positivity Bias
Story
The "Forced" Blessing

To everyone, it was an impossible dream. But not for Reb Yekel.
Lifestyle
G-d wants the heart
— Talmud, Sanhedrin 106b
Print Magazine

For hundreds of years, perhaps since the beginning of Creation, a piece of the world has been waiting for your soul to purify and repair it.

And your soul, from the time it was first emanated and conceived, waited above to descend to this world and carry out that mission.

And your footsteps were guided to reach...