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Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Abraham & Sarah, Lesson 1
Imagine if at the age of 75, a voice from the sky instructs you to leave the comfort of your home and everything familiar to you. Would you just pack it all up and leave the land you have known all your life? Why does the Torah omit the incredible and inspiring stories that brought Abraham to this point in the first place? How does the simple act of traveling bring joy to G-d? How do our own desires, emotions, and thoughts hold us back from finding happiness? Let’s find out together in class one.
Why the Bible Doesn’t Introduce Abraham?
The definition of true love.
Ask for a Miracle
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Ask for a Miracle
A short insight on Parshat Lech Lecha
Do you need a miracle in some area of your life? Here’s why it is all right for you to ask for it—and how you can get it.
Why a Seed Grows in Darkness
Parshat Lech-Lecha
Leaving behind the old “I” of everything I know can be really scary. But free from these limiting expectations, we can produce our greatest yield.
Torah in Ten: Lech Lecha
Topics Include: Abraham's journey as it corresponds to the three levels of the soul, a spiritual explanation of the rivalry between Sarah and Hagar, the difference between the names Avram and Avraham.
Overcoming Challenges
Parsha Lech-Lecha
The narrative of Abraham’s journey to Israel demonstrates how superficial setbacks in life are really a springboard to success.
When Challenges Cross Your Path
Five on Five—Lech Lecha
In our journey toward self-transformation, the apparent regressions and detours are integral.
The Meaning of Abraham’s Name
Something Spiritual on Parshat Lech-Lecha
Why the Word ‘Brit’ (Covenant) Equals 612
Something Spiritual on Parshat Lech-Lecha
You Still Have a Choice
Growing Weekly: Parshat Lech-Lecha
Rebuking a Relative?
Practical Parshah—Lech Lecha
How, when and if to speak up for what’s right, when the people who are acting improperly are your own family members.
You Can Do the Impossible
Life Lessons from Parshat Lech-Lecha
Rabbi Gordon shares inspirational Torah insights on the weekly Torah portion with practical life lessons.
Born To Toil
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Born To Toil
The Talmud considers three manners of toil for which man was created: The toil of (a) Livelihood, (b) Speech or (c) Torah. In examining the inner meaning of this discussion, this class addresses the virtue of toil and the unique quality of the Land of Israel. (Likutei Sichos volume 15, Sicha 4)
The Land and the People
The Jew’s Eternal Connection to the Land of Israel
When G-d informs Abraham that the land of Israel belongs to him and his seed, G-d states that He has in fact already given them the land, and yet, on another occasion, G-d told Abraham that only in the future will He give the land to his offspring? In resolving this apparent contradiction, this class will explore the multi-layered relationship between the people and the land. (Likutei Sichos vol. 15)
The Double Letters of Redemption
Letters and Numbers of Torah—Lech Lecha
G‑d’s command to Abraham to leave his homeland (“lech lecha”) is spelled by repeating the same two letters twice. These double letters hint at a way to access infinity.
The Abduction of Sarah
How to Study Torah—Lech Lecha
When Abraham feared that the Egyptians would kill him in order to take his wife, he asked her to pretend that she was his sister. We examine the meaning of the verse (Genesis 12:13), “Say that you are my sister, so that they will favor me.”
Parsha Gems: Lech-Lecha
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Parshah Insights: Lech-Lecha
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Mnemonics: Lech-Lecha
Decoding the hidden messages
The parsha of Lech-Lecha contains 126 verses and the mnemonic are the words ‘nimolu’ (circumcised) and ‘machnadvay’. Explore the coded message in the mnemonic and its connection to the general themes of the parshah.
The Jewish Queen of Egypt
Parshah Curiosities: Lech Lecha
A superficial reading of the biblical account of Abraham and Sarah’s episode in Egypt, where he tells her to say she’s his sister so they don’t kill him, is shrouded in mystery. Delve into the classical commentaries and discover the missing link in this fascinating narrative.
The Fascinating Nature of Name Changes
Parshah Curiosities: Lech Lecha
The portion of Lech-Lecha begins with G-d calling Abraham to his destiny. Strangely, in the glowing promises of the glorious future awaiting him, the Torah specifically mentions a name change. But why would modifying something as external as a name be such a big deal? This lecture reveals the true meaning of your Jewish name—as far more than a simple label for convenience. You'll discover why Abraham (and Sarah’s) names required modification and learn to appreciate the deeper meaning behind the incredible evolutionary process that produced the world's first Jews!
Behind Elijah’s Chair at a Circumcision
Parsha Curiosities: Lech-Lecha
A fascinating exposé of the traditional chair universally designated for the Prophet Elijah at a Brit Milah ceremony. This lecture begins by fleshing out the spiritual character and impact engendered by sacred circumcision. We then proceed to peel away historical layers of deep meaning as we trace the surprising origins of the proverbial participation of Elijah a.k.a. the Covenantal Angel. Ultimately, you’ll see why all of this is as relevant as quantum physics, and makes all the difference today!
Let’s Settle This Now
Abraham’s arrival in the land of Canaan immediately engenders prophetic promises of progeny and future possession of this land. Following his Egyptian detour, resultant wealth and family feuds; we return to the original narrative. The promise is reiterated, yet much changes. Surprisingly, Abraham doesn't seem to obey instructions. Amazing details emerge, offering a dazzling new appreciation for the holy city of Chevron; as a fascinating narrative of the dead who return completes this exquisite presentation.
Life’s Detours
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Life’s Detours
A Taste of Text—Lech Lecha
Things do not always go according to our plans and expectations. In fact, they rarely do.
Body and Soul: Man and Wife
Abraham & Sarah, Lesson 2
How does one deal with challenges, curveballs, and seemingly negative events? How do we learn to value internal beauty as much as external beauty? How do we connect to the spiritual when we are surrounded by the physical? We need to look no further than Abraham and Sarah, as they overcame and triumphed together. Class two awaits.
Smashing Icons
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Smashing Icons
Parshat Lech Lecha
What do you do when one of your characters keeps smashing your icons?
Access Your Infinite Potential
It can be intimidating and discouraging to hear others say that we have such great potential, when we know how far we fall short. When we think about our personal natural abilities, they may indeed be limited. By learning to tap into the potential G-d implanted in us, we can stretch and reach farther than we could ever imagine. Gain insights and tools to tap into the infinite.
Beyond the Constellations
Something Spiritual on Parshat Lech-Lecha
Are we really influenced and defined based on our personal constipation? The story of Abraham being shown the stars, unlocks the answer.
The Best of Both Worlds
Three Models for Living: Part 3
The ultimate model for living is based on the story of Abraham, the first Jew, who spent his life on a quest to know and serve G-d.
Love the Convert
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Love the Convert
Conversion in Judaism
Understanding the process of Jewish conversion on five levels.
Inside the Name Avraham
Explore the mystical meaning
Discover the spiritual meaning of the male name Avraham, the secret behind their Hebrew letters and numerical value, and the name’s corresponding verse in the Torah.
What Is Real Hospitality?
There’s more to the mitzvah of hosting guests than providing food, drink and lodging.
Sarah’s Courage: Lesson 1
Even when we are experiencing our personal famines, our relationship with G‑d is still present and accessible.
When to Rely on Your Wife
Sarah’s Courage: Lesson 2
Abraham was wise enough to recognize when his wife, Sarah, possessed a certain level of greatness that he did not.
Abraham the Feminist
Sarah’s Courage: Lesson 3
Even in today’s day and age, with all of the advancements made in the treatment of women, we must rethink and challenge our value system.
Is It Good to Be Rich?
Sarah’s Courage: Lesson 4
Pharaoh offers monetary compensation for having abducted Sarah, and she and Abraham become rich. Is becoming rich a good thing or not? Is money the root of all evil? Or can money be good, even spiritual?
How to Be a Taker
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How to Be a Taker
Sarah’s Courage: Lesson 5
It’s one thing to give altruistically, but is it possible to take altruistically? An interesting take on the story of Sarah’s handmaid, Hagar.
A New Name
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A New Name
Sarah’s Courage: Lesson 6
G‑d changes the name Sarai to Sarah. What influence do our names have on us? Can a change of name create a change in destiny?
As the Stars of the Sky
How Abraham's conversation with G-d sets the trajectory for our nation's history for all times.
Torah Ohr: Lech-Lecha, Part 1
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Torah Ohr: Lech-Lecha, Part 2
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Torah Ohr: Lech-Lecha, Part 2
Torah Ohr: Lech-Lecha, Part 3
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Torah Ohr: Lech-Lecha, Part 3
Torah Ohr: Lech-Lecha, Part 4
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Torah Ohr: Lech-Lecha, Part 4
Torah Ohr: Lech-Lecha, Part 5
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Torah Ohr: Lech-Lecha, Part 5
Spotlight on the Holy Land
Israel, it seems, is always in the news. Why? What is so unique about the Jewish homeland that draws so much interest from all over the world?
Be a Leader
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Be a Leader
“Abraham was called “A father to multitudes.” You cannot suffice with your own Judaism; you need to be a leader to many peoples;
The Skyline Man
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The Skyline Man
A little guy drinking coffee in a soul-crushingly boring little diner where the prevalent philosophy is that the lights are “just on” . . .
Inside the Name Sarah
Explore the mystical meaning
Discover the spiritual meaning of the female name Sarah, the secret behind their Hebrew letters and numerical value, and the name’s corresponding verse in the Torah.
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