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Torah, The: (lit. teaching) (a) The Five Books of Moses (The Bible); (b) the overall body of Jewish religious teachings encompassing the whole body of Jewish law, practice and tradition
Who hasn't spent time lamenting their lost youth? Even my five-year-old son has been heard complaining that his kindergarten years are passing too quickly for him. Every day we waste is an opportunity squandered, every year that goes by without growth is ...
It is surprising to say that Abraham was concerned about his reward, when Maimonides singles out Abraham as a paragon of serving G‑d “purely out of love.”
Why would we want to be shielded from Abraham? He was one of the all-time greats!
A taste of Shazak Parsha, where the weekly Torah portion comes alive! Geared for kids... Great for adults!
An Essay on Lech Lecha
Why should a person get up and leave – even if he is promised blessing and success – if there is seemingly no rhyme or reason for doing so? Nullifying the “why” is the challenge here, the true test of the trial of lech lecha.
Abram’s physical journey was a symbol of his spiritual journey.
1. This week’s parshah begins with Hashem telling Avram (Avraham) “Lech Lecha” — “Go for yourself from your land, your birthplace and from your father’s house to the land I will show you!” The word “lecha” — “for yourself” — seems superfluous. It would ha...
Responding to unspecified anxieties, G-d's word comes to Abraham: “Do not fear, I am your Shield.” The backstage narrative frames the divine statement as specific to concerns relating to unwanted violent and conflict. Yet, an array of rabbinic sources, as...
Why were Isaac and Ishmael circumcised at different ages?
Abraham’s two sons represents two radically different modes of relating to G‑d.
Despite the influence of Abraham’s ideas and beliefs, Ishmael would not be the one to receive the divine covenant and bear the eternal legacy of Abraham.
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