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Avraham’s Mission
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And the boy grew-up and he was weaned. And Avraham made a great party on the day that Yitzchak was weaned. (Beresheit 21:8) 1. Two interpretations of Avraham’s “great” celebration At the opening of Parshat VaYerah, Avraham and Sarah are told that they will have a son in the coming year. Later in the parasha, […]
Making Space
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The call to Abraham, with which Lech Lecha begins, seems to come from nowhere: “Leave your land, your birthplace, and your father’s house, and go to a land which I will show you.” Nothing has prepared us for this radical departure. We have not had a description of Abraham as we had in the case […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Lech Lecha
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If you are reading this column regularly, you may remember that Miriam was the shy participant in the class that I have been describing. You will surely remember that this was a class in which I used the book of Genesis as a springboard for discussions about leadership. I had been asked to assist the members of the class to develop leadership skills for use in their respective Jewish synagogue communities.