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Abraham: (a) (1813-1638 BCE) The first of the three Patriarchs; the first Jew. He discovered G-d on his own and rejected the idolatry of his contemporaries. G-d commanded him to travel from his Mesopotamian homeland to Canaan, where He bequeathed the land to his descendants in the Covenant between the Parts. He successfully withstood ten tests with which G-d challenged him, including the Binding of Isaac incident. Husband of Sarah and Hagar, father of Ishmael and Isaac--his heir. (b) A common Jewish name.
As recorded in the Bible, Abraham (or Avraham, אברהם) the Hebrew was guided by G‑d to the Holy Land, where he was chosen to be the progenitor of the Jewish nation. Together with his wife, Sarah, he taught people about the existence of a G‑d who is one and...
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.”
An Essay on Vayeira
Before facing the trial of love for his own child, Abraham was forced to ask, “Where is my whole world? Where is my whole concept of justice? Where is my morality?” At the Akeidah, Abraham sacrifices not only his son’s body but his own soul.
An Essay on Noach
Ascending in holiness is not a simple matter. It involves an intrinsic danger, to which Noah fell prey. When one is occupied with a world that is entirely holy, he lives in it alone, and he is liable to forget that there are other people that exist in the...
The War of the Vale of Siddim
The war Genesis chapter 14. of the four kings of what one day would become Assyria Abarbanel on Genesis 14:1. against the five kings of the Dead Sea region was fascinating, not because of the feats of the conquering armies or because of the staggering dea...
The respective roles of faith and intellect in Abraham’s discovery of the truth of the one G-d.
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 ins...
Avrohom Ovinu (Abraham Our Father) was born at a time when idolatry ruled everywhere. Even his own father Terah was an idolater, who, in fact, made a thriving business of selling idols of various sizes and various materials. (Under Abraham's influence Ter...
Count the Stars, Takes Hagar as Wife, The Covenant, Abraham’s Guests
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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.
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