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Vayerah: Quiet Strength
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The election season is finally over. Whether we are disappointed with the results or gladdened by them, we unanimously breathe a sigh of relief that the campaign has concluded. We are especially appreciative of the fact that we no longer have to hear grandiose promises expressed by each candidate, promises that we all know will […]
Haftarah for Vayeira
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II Kings 4:1-37 A prophet’s widow came to Elisha crying that she couldn’t pay her debts and that the creditor was going to take her children as servants to work it off. Elisha asked her what she had in the house; all she had was oil. “No problem,” he said. “Go to all your neighbors […]
The Trial
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Parashat Vayeira recounts the tenth and last trial of Avraham: “The Binding of Yitzchak.” Avraham is commanded to sacrifice his beloved son, his long-awaited heir. Avraham does not complain, nor does he engage God in dialogue. He does not negotiate, as he had on other occasions. It seems that Avraham senses that this is something […]
The Love of Chessed – El Amor Al Chessed
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“And to the cattle Avrohom ran, and he took a young calf, soft and good, and he gave it to the lad, and he hurried to prepare it.” — Bereishis 18:7 Parshas Vayaira opens with a detailed description of a day in the life of Avrohom Avinu. Avrohom was 99 years old, and it was […]
Sleepy Sermon
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein Once when Rabbi Akiva was teaching his students, they appeared to be lethargic, almost as if dozing. Rabbi Akiva roused his students by referring to Parshat Chayei Sarah which begins by relating that Sarah Imeinu lived one hundred years and twenty years and seven years. […]
Zechus of Zoar
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. ZECHUS OF ZOAR: PARSHAT VAYEROH Shira Smiles shiur 2016/5777 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein In Parshat Vayeroh, we see Hashem destroy another civialization that has become so evil it cannot survive. After a full and deep and personal examination of the reports that come to Him, Hashem destroys Sodom and […]
On Being a Jewish Parent
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The most influential man who ever lived does not appear on any list I have seen of the hundred most influential men who ever lived. He ruled no empire, commanded no army, engaged in no spectacular acts of heroism on the battlefield, performed no miracles, proclaimed no prophecy, led no vast throng of followers, and […]