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Parshat Lech Lecha: The Covenant of the Halves
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“And He said unto him: Take for Me a heifer of three years old, and a she-goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon.” (Beresheit 15:9) Our parasha describes the development of the relationship between Hashem and Avraham. In the opening passages of the […]
Parshat Lech Lecha: Who Was Avraham?
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“And Hashem said to Avram, “Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you. And I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will aggrandize your name, and [you shall] be a blessing. And I […]
Parshat Noach: Partial Praise
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“These are the chronicles of Noach. Noach was a righteous man. He was faultless in his generation. Noach walked with Hashem.” (Beresheit 6:9) The Torah describes the righteousness of Noach. The pasuk uses three terms to describe Noach. He was righteous. He was faultless in his behavior. He followed the Almighty completely. Noach is selected […]
Parshat Noach – The Dispersion
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“And the entire earth had one language with uniform words.” (Beresheit 11:1) This pasuk introduces the discussion of the Dispersion. After the Deluge, humankind reestablishes itself. Population increases. However, society is very homogenous. All people share common ancestors, language, and customs. It is not surprising that Noach’s offspring chose to live together and settle in […]
Parshat Noach: The Deluge
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“And the world was corrupt before Hashem and the land was filled with violent crime.” (Beresheit 6:11) Hashem decides to cause the Deluge – the Mabul. Noach is commanded to build a ship. He and his family will take refuge on this ship. He will also collect representatives of all the species of fowl and […]
Genesis: Creation, God Hovering, and The Cherubim
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“In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth.” (Beresheit 1:1) The Torah begins with an account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. Rashi asks an important question. The Torah is a work of law. It presents a system of six hundred thirteen mitzvot. It would seem appropriate for the Torah […]
Parshat Bereishit: In the Beginning
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“In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth.” (Beresheit 1:1) The Torah begins with an account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. Rashi asks an important question. The Torah is a work of law. It presents a system of six hundred thirteen mitzvot. It would seem appropriate for the Torah […]