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The third section of the Book of Genesis begins the chronicle of Abraham, who was selected by G-d to found the Jewish people, through whom the process of moral degeneration that humanity had been locked into since their expulsion from the Garden of Eden w...
This week’s Torah reading relates how, after Abraham’s nephew Lot was captured by warring kings, Abraham waged war against those kings and rescued Lot. Afterwards, he tallied the spoils of war and gave one tenth as tithes to Malchitzedek the king of Salem...
One of the classic Talmudic stories relates that the Romans forbade the Jews from studying Torah. Despite their decree, Rabbi Akiva continued teaching, explaining that the Jews’ relationship with the Torah is like that of a fish in water. Although there a...
Once a renowned cardiologist visited the Rebbe. “You should devote your attention to treating healthy people, not only the sick,” the Rebbe told him. “Am I to improve on what the Almighty has done?” questioned the doctor. “Yes,” responded the Rebbe. “An o...
Shabbat Parshat Lech Lecha, 10 Mar-Cheshvan 5742
"Go forth from your homeland, from your birthplace, and from your father's house...." All footnotes to which an asterisk (*) was added represent parenthetic remarks included in the Rebbe's discourse. The others are translator's additions.,Bereishis 12:1. ...
Likkutei Sichos, Vol. V, p. 57ff. I. As mentioned on frequent occasions, it is doubtful that [any of] the names of the weekly Torah portions are cited in the Talmud.Megillah 29b does mention the name of readings VeAtah Tetzaveh and Ki Sissa, and Megillah ...
There appears to be a contradiction between the name of this Sidra and its content. For “Lech Lecha,” as the Sicha will explain, means “Go to yourself”—Abraham’s movement towards the fulfillment of his task. But the Sidra describes a series of events whic...
Two Forms of Tithing In recounting the mitzvos that existed prior to the giving of the Torah, the Rambam writes:Hilchos Melachim beginning of ch. 9. “Yitzchak gave ma’aser , [Yitzchak tithed.]” But there is an explicit verse in Lech Lecha that states:Bere...
Iin truth, every Jew who performs circumcision performs it in the same manner as Avraham.
The name of a Torah portion is, of course, indicative of its general content, inasmuch as the title applies equally to all its verses. This is also true regarding Lech Lecha , “Go for your own sake” — a title that implies a continual moving forward. The g...
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