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Parshat Vayera: Why Must Bad Things Happen?
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“It would be a sacrilege for you to do this thing – to kill the righteous with the wicked. Then the righteous would be like the wicked. It would be a sacrilege for you. Should the judge of all the land not do justice?” (Beresheit 18:25) Terrible things happen to people every day! We wonder […]
Parshat Vayera: The Destruction of Sedom
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“I will descend now and see. If they have done as the cries that have come to Me, I will destroy them. And if not, I will know.” (Beresheit 18:21) Our parasha discusses the destruction of Sedom. This pasuk introduces the narrative. Hashem tells Avraham that the cries of the people of Sedom have risen […]
Parshat Vayera: The Three Messengers
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“And Hashem appeared to him in the plains of Mamre and he was sitting at the entrance of the tent when the day was hot. And he lifted his eyes and he saw that three men were standing before him. And he saw and he ran from the opening of his tent to greet them. […]
Parshat Lech Lecha: Now I Know
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“And it was when he approached Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, ‘I know that you are a woman of beautiful appearance.” (Beresheit 12:11) A famine afflicts the land of Canaan. Avram is forced to leave the land to seek sustenance. He travels to Egypt with his wife, Sarai and his nephew, Lote. Avram […]
Parshat Lech Lecha: Avraham’s Surprising Request
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“Now, say that you are my sister so that I will prosper and I will live on your account.” (Beresheit 12:23) In some instances the Torah’s attitude towards women seems somewhat troublesome. Bluntly stated, the Torah has been accused of blatant chauvinism. However, this criticism is often based upon simplistic interpretations of difficult passages. These […]
Parshat Lech Lecha: The Fear and the Merit
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“After these events, the word of Hashem came to Avram in a vision saying, “Avram, do not fear. I will protect you. You have great merit.” (Beresheit 15:2) The above passage troubles the commentaries. Hashem tells Avraham that he should not be afraid. Because of his great merit, Hashem will protect him. There is an […]
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 […]