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Two Jews – Two Opinions
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And the son matured and he was weaned. And Avraham made a great feast on the day that Yitzchak was weaned. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian that she had born to Avraham jesting. (Sefer Beresheit 21:8-9) Sarah’s concern with Yishmael The above passages introduce one of the most nuanced and interesting […]
Parshas Lech Lecha
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Hashem announces to Avrohom that Sarah Imeinu will have a child he will be considered his only eternal child. Hashem explains that only this child (from Sara Imeinu) will eventually get Eretz Yisroel. Avrohom argues with Hashem and says: Hashem let it suffice that I have Yishmael and let him live on as my eternal […]
How Perfect Were the Matriarchs and Patriarchs?
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In an extraordinary series of observations on this week’s parsha, Nahmanides (Ramban, Rabbi Moses ben Nahman Girondi, 1194 – 1270), delivers harsh criticisms of Abraham and Sarah. The first has to do with Abraham’s decision, after arriving at the land of Canaan, to leave and go to Egypt because “there was a famine in the […]
Parshat Lecha Lecha – Fresh like Bread, Fine like Wine
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During the events of Parshat Lech Lecha, our patriarch, Abraham, the father of monotheism, is given wine and bread after a military victory by a righteous leader from Jerusalem. What is the point of this simple feast? Rabbi Ari Segal, head of school at Shalhavet High School in Los Angeles and a former advisor for […]