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Shazak Parsha: VaYeira
A taste of Shazak Parsha, where the weekly Torah portion comes alive! Geared for kids... Great for adults!
Looking for G-d in Central Park
Vayeira Parshah Report
Why is Gefilte Fish tied to a tree in Central Park? Find out in this exclusive news report for Parshat Vayeira!
A Parenting Lesson from Abraham
The power of a single word
Ignore G-d, but Don’t Ignore His Children!
Parshat Vayeira
Just as every parent would forego their personal honor and willingly wait while you tend to his or her child, this, too, is G d’s greatest pleasure.
Torah in Ten: Vayeira
Topics Include: the three angels visit Abraham, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the rectification of Adam’s soul through the binding of Isaac.
Where You Are Now
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Where You Are Now
Five on Five—Vayeira
When we feel that our past behavior does not warrant a connection with G‑d, He assures us: I judge you only by where you are now.
Why ISIS Has Nothing on Abraham
A 90-second insight on the Parshah
What is so special about Avraham’s self-sacrifice for G-d, considering that we find many who were willing to give up their life for all types of causes?
Your Home vs. the Synagogue
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayeira
The More You Give, the More You Gain
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayeira
A powerful lesson from mothers nursing their newborn babies. Sharing with others doesn’t diminish from oneself, on the contrary, it only adds more.
Creating My Own Spiritual Path
A person can be spiritual and even religious without Torah. Why then does Torah insist on a defined set of rules? In addressing this question, an age-old debate between Issac and Ishmael is analyzed, yielding a surprising outcome. (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 25, p.86.)
Woman of Oneness
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Woman of Oneness
How to salvage a marriage when all seems lost.
A deeper look at the biblical story of how the prophet Elisha saves an impoverished widow and her sons from the clutches of a merciless creditor.
Of Dust and Ashes
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Of Dust and Ashes
The Reward for Abraham’s Humility
When Abraham entreats G-d to spare Sodom and Gomorrah, he prefaces his request with the acknowledgment that he is but dust and ashes. In reward for his humility, two unique mitzvahs are granted by G-d to his descendants, the Children of Israel. This class will explore the connection between these particular mitzvahs and Avraham's humility, revealing the inspiring message contained therein. (Likutei Sichos vol. 25) This class is dedicated in memory of Rabbi Shmuel Azimov, of blessed memory.
Did Abraham's Angels Really Eat or Did They Just Pretend?
Pasha Vayeira
Did the angels who visited Abraham actually eat or just pretend to eat? Is one supposed to follow local custom or just make an appearance of doing so? The Midrash and the Talmud give two different answers. (Based on Likkutei Sichos vol. 36 p.172)
Mitzvot Before Sinai
Parshat Vayeira
Abraham baked matzah on Passover over four hundred years before the Exodus. How did the patriarchs and matriarchs know how to observe mitzvot before the Torah was even given at Sinai?
Visiting the Sick
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Visiting the Sick
Practical Parshah—Vayeira
G‑d’s visit to Abraham following his circumcision teaches us some important guidelines in how to properly perform the mitzvah of bikkur cholim—visiting the sick.
First Do and the Feeling Will Follow
Life Lessons from Parshat Vayeira
Rabbi Gordon shares inspirational Torah insights on the weekly Torah portion with practical life lessons.
The Road to Bettering Relationships
Almost incidental of a primary biblical narrative, in what might be termed a moment of “divine candor,” G-d “drops the curtain” sharing the secret of why he so loves Abraham. It seems reasonable to say that the importance of this verse cannot be overstated – as it's nothing short of an extraordinarily revealing statement by our Creator about how to best nurture our relationship with Him. And in turn, we can learn how to best cultivate and maintain our personal relationships as well!
The Mitzvah of Having Guests
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Vayeira
On what basis did Abraham and Sarah merit to have a child in their old age? Many answers are hinted to in the word "where" in the angels' question to Abraham (Genesis 18:9) "Where is your wife Sarah?"
A Sincere Sin or a Hypocritical Mitzvah?
Letters and Numbers of Torah—Vayeira
When Avimelech kidnaps Sarah, G‑d tells him (Genesis 20:6), “I have withheld you from sin.” Why is the Hebrew word for sinning (chet) missing an aleph in this verse?
The Sacrifice of Isaac
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The Sacrifice of Isaac
How to Study Torah - Vayeira
We study the enigmatic story of the Akeida with a special focus on Abraham’s response when G-d stops him at the last moment.
Parsha Gems: Vayeira
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
The Eternal Covenant
The Mitzvah of Brit Milah
Why is circumcision the first mitzvah that G-d gave Abraham? This class explores the meaning and many other facets of this essential mitzvah.
Parshah Insights: Vayeira
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Mnemonics: Vayeira
Decoding the hidden messages
The Curious Celebration for Isaac
Does the Torah allude to today’s chilling current events?
Parshat Vayeira contains a curious narrative about a huge ball held to celebrate Isaac’s coming-of-age. An exploration of this event, via little-known, yet trusted sources, lays bare fascinating details—as the investigation segues into secret bible codes that seem to compellingly allude to the present day Iranian showdown with Israel.
The Original Rocking Cradle
Parsha Curiosities: Vayeira
Isaac's baby bash attracts some pretty rude guests and crude comments. In trying to understand the irreverent behavior of an oversized world leader, a surprising narrative emerges in a remarkable true story of the Biblical origin of the proverbial rocking cradle and accompanying lullabies. In developing this unusual thesis about the foundational essence of a Torah education; a variety of fascinating facts, figures and fetishes are picked up along the way.
Holistic Hospitality in Haste
The opening narrative of Abraham's hospitality is punctuated with repetitive descriptions of great haste. Rather than incidental, these details emerge as a compelling pattern – but the actual messaging isn't obvious. What exactly is the Torah trying to tell us?! This investigation of our founding father’s famous hospitality ultimately provides incredible insight into the inner workings of Abraham's kindness – ultimately guiding and illuminating our own Jewish ethos of sharing and caring today.
A Call to the Infinite
A Taste of Text—Vayeira
We hear of the miracles that great people’s prayers can accomplish. But is prayer also for us regular folk?
Vayeira Puppet Show
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Vayeira Puppet Show
Have fun watching an exciting puppet show for children and learn the parsha of the week with Rabbi Wagshul.
The Power of One
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The Power of One
“I multiplied Abraham’s seed, and gave him Isaac.” How is the birth of one son the fulfillment of G-d’s promise to multiply Abraham’s seed?
Behind Every Great Jew Is a Great Mother
Sarah, the first Jewish mother, is a shining example of the great power that every woman has over her family and our entire nation. It was Sarah who insisted that Isaac, not Ishmael, continue Abraham’s progeny. It was she who raised Isaac in his formative years, instilling within him the fortitude to stand up to all tests, and to become the second Patriarch of the Jewish People.
Learn To Trust and Expand Your Possibilities
Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve micromanaged someone? When we can’t trust, it frustrates those we work with, and limits ourselves. We can train ourselves to trust others, step by step, and how with appropriate trusting we can accomplish things that seem impossible. Learn how developing greater trust can expand your life.
Reflections on
Why the little boy was crying
Needed: Just ONE Volunteer
A short insight on Parshat Vayeira
Looking for just one volunteer to do something that will change the world. Can we count on YOU?
The Angel at the Akeidah
Parsha Nuggets: Vayeira
When G‑d wanted to tell Abraham to bring his son Isaac as an offering, G‑d delivered the command Himself. But when He wanted to tell Abraham to let his son live, He sent an angel to deliver the message.
Standing Up for What’s Right
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayeira
Why Do We Pray?
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Why Do We Pray?
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayeira
The Three Jewish Traits
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayeira
Learn how the qualities of humility and kindness are interconnected.
Weekly Torah Lesson for Parsha Vayeira
Why G-d Appeared to Abraham
The Source of Kindness
Growing Weekly: Parshat Vayeira
Are you kind to others because you have a compassionate personality or does it stem from something more profound?
Going Forward
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Going Forward
Soul Boost for Parshat Vayeira
When Abraham Challenges G-d
A closer look at the manner in which Abraham approached G-d to reconsider destroying the cities of Sodom. Examining the commentary of Rashi, as recorded in the manuscripts, sheds light on the narrative.
Compassionate, Bashful, Benevolent
The character traits of our people
There are three traits, declares the Talmud, that characterize the Jewish people. An analysis of these qualities from the differing perspectives of the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds. (Likkutei Sichos, vol. 30)
Extra-Terrestrials' Extraordinary Visit
Parshah Curiosities: Vayeira
When did the extra-terrestrial angels visiting Abraham come and go? A closer look at the storyline seems to pose conflicting accounts. Learn some of the related commentaries on the nature of this visit that will challenge the conventional understanding.
Is the Biblical Lot a Jewish Hero?
Fascinating and current commentary on a much misunderstood and tragic biblical figure. See how the Torah's narrative of Abraham's wayward nephew and his well-intentioned, yet misguided daughters can provide us with moral clarity and guidance in our modern age of mistaken confusion and willful obfuscation.
What Is Real Hospitality?
There’s more to the mitzvah of hosting guests than providing food, drink and lodging.
Elijah’s Kabbalistic Discourse
A profound exploration of the mystical text from Zohar known as Pasach Eliyahu, which details emanation of Ten Sefiros from the oneness of G-d.
Why Circumcision at Eight Days Old
Explore the deeper significance of a Brit Milah specifically as an infant as illuminated with the circumcision of Yitzckak.
Learning the Haftorah: Vayeira, Part 1
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Learning the Haftorah: Vayeira, Part 2
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Listen to Her Voice
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Listen to Her Voice
Sarah’s Courage: Lesson 7
G‑d tells Abaraham, “Whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her voice.” In this class we examine the dilema between doing what others expect of us and doing what is best.
Parsha Vayeira, Part 4
The Destruction of Sodom and Amora
Ch. 18, verse 26 – Ch. 19, verse 11: Continues with Avraham’s impassioned plea to Hashem on behalf of the people of Sodom. The chapter ends with him accepting G-d's decision and returning to his place. Chapter 18 begins with the angels coming to Sodom and being invited to the home of Lot. While they are there the people of the city surround his house and demand that he give his guests to them for immoral purposes. Lot goes out and tries to reasson with them but to no avail. He is pulled back into the house by the angels who proceed to blind all the people who are surrounding his house.
Parsha Vayeira, Part 6
Avraham’s Second Descent to Egypt
Ch. 19, verse 1 – Ch. 20, verse 6: Avraham and Sarah go to Gerar, where he experiences another of his ten tests. Sarah is abducted by Avimelech the king of Gerar. The king is warned by Hashem to release her. His whole household is plagued because of her. The king releases her with lavish gifts. Avraham prays for him, and then he and his household are cured. Chapter 20 begins with Hsshem remembering Sarah and she gives birth to Yitzchok. Avraham who is one hundred years old, circumcises him on the eighth day of his birth and names him Yitzchok.
Parsha Vayeira, Part 7
Yitzchak, Yishmael, and the Treaty with Avimelech
Ch. 21, verses 6 - 34: Continues with the weaning of Yitzchok. Next is the test of sending away Yishmael. Chapter ends with the treaty with Avimelech.
Parsha Vayeira, Part 8
The Akeida (1)
Ch. 22, verses 1 - 5: Overview, the request of Hashem to Avraham to bring Yitzchok up as a sacrifice. They reach the mountain and are about to ascend.
Parsha Vayeira, Part 9
The Akeida (2)
Ch. 22, verses 6 - 24: Continues with the “Binding of Yitzchok." Avraham is told not to sacrifice Yitzchok, that Hashem only wanted him brought up on the alter. Avraham then brings a ram in lieu of Yirzchok. They then return to Be'er Sheva. The portion ends with the birth of Rivkah.
Rabbi Gordon - Vayeira: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Vayeira: 2nd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Vayeira: 3rd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Vayeira: 4th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Vayeira: 5th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Vayeira: 6th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Vayeira: 7th Portion
Torah Ohr: Vayeira, Part 1
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Torah Ohr: Vayeira, Part 1
Torah Ohr: Vayeira, Part 2
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Torah Ohr: Vayeira, Part 2
Torah Ohr: Vayeira, Part 3
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Torah Ohr: Vayeira, Part 3
Torah Ohr: Vayeira, Part 4
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Torah Ohr: Vayeira, Part 4
Vayeira: Your Royal Kindness
Today, many have achieved extraordinary material success unimaginable in times prior and have generously shared their gifts to help those in need. What compels them to distribute so much of their personal income? What causes people -- of any level of affluence -- to give away their hard-earned money?
Mayanot Moment - Vayeira
The deeper meaning of Abraham's request to his wife -- "Say that you are my sister." Presenter: Rabbi Kaplan
If You Really Cared
In a culture of “live and let live” you might convince yourself that another person’s religious commitments are none of your business. But ask yourself what you’d do if you truly cared about your fellow’s welfare. And why should someone’s spiritual needs be any less important than their physical needs.
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