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Two Calls from Heaven
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וַיִּקְרָא מַלְאַךְ אֱלֹקִים אֶל הָגָר מִן הַשָּׁמַיִם An angel of God called to Hagar from heaven (21:17) First Call: Hagar in the Desert One of the episodes in this week’s parsha involves the sending away of Hagar and Yishmael from Avraham’s house. Having lost her way and with the water in her flask having run […]
Lech Lecha 5779
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In Bereshit heaven (spiritual) and earth (physical) are created. In Noach the connection between heaven and Earth is severed. Avraham has the task to bring the two back together, synthesizing Torah with the world. Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, October 18th, 2018 (9 Marcheshvan 5779)
Making Souls
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The story of Avraham has no introduction, unlike Noach we are not told why he is chosen. Onkelos deviates from a strict translation when explaining ואת הנפש אשר עשו בחרן (the people he caused to believe in God) which may explain why he was chosen. Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, October […]
Lech Lecha 5779
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מעט מן האור (Rav Chanan Porat): The first words Hashem says to Avraham, to Yitzchak, and to Yaakov is not about belief or commandments but about the Land of Israel. Already before the command of Lech Lecha, Terach and Avraham are headed towards Canaan. Why? Rabbi Norman Lamm on “Lech Lecha” as the name of […]
Four Dimensions of the Journey
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Covenant and Conversation Family Edition on OU Life Within the first words that God addresses to the bearer of a new covenant, there are already hints as to the nature of the heroism he would come to embody. The multi-layered command “Lech lecha – go forth” contains the seeds of Abraham’s ultimate vocation. Rashi, following an […]