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Greater than Greeting the Shechinah

I would assume that if Hashem appeared to someone, he would be obligated to remain in Hashem’s presence for as long as Hashem remained.

The Miracle Of A Child

Why the binding? Why put Abraham and Sarah through the agony of thinking that the son for whom they have waited for so long is about to die? We cherish what we wait for and what we most risk losing.

Reflections On Water

I hurried downstairs and dialed my husband again. Baruch Hashem this time he answered right away.

Is Money Everything? (Bava Metzia 47b)

What incentive does the seller have to salvage the object from fire if, at the end of the day, the loss is for the buyer?

Wings of Desire

Who are these beings? Men to Avraham; Angels to Lot. Why do they play such important roles in Genesis? Why are the stories of the beginnings of humanity so rich with unfamiliar characters?

Torah Shorts: Weekly Biblical Thoughts: Parshat Vayera

Abraham was not an isolationist concerned solely with his own interests. Regardless of how despicable the Sodomites were, Abraham started a surreal negotiation with G-d to save them.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayeira: No Questions Asked

Isn't it surprising that Avraham who prayed for Sodom's salvation did not protest God commanding him to kill his own son? For the Netziv, this was actually exactly what God wanted from Avraham. Why?

The Curse of Religious Boredom

In biblical days, the prophets were astir while the world was sleeping. Today, the world is astir while the synagogues are sleeping. Blessed are the young people who are waking up.

Q & A: Replacing A Monument (Part III)

Question: Is there anything in Jewish law that prohibits replacing an old, existing matzeivah (tombstone) with a new, better one? I would greatly appreciate your response to this question. A Reader Tucson, AZ

Daf Yomi

The Case Of The Conflicting Commitments! ‘A Breach Of Faith’ (Bava Metzia 49a)

Abraham the Individualist

Abraham is a model of the Individual, of the non-conformist, of the person who will take a stand for what is right though it is unpopular. Indeed, Abraham carved his own path.

On Being A Jewish Parent

The most influential man who ever lived, does not appear on any list I have seen of the hundred most influential men in history. He ruled no empire, commanded no army, His name, of course, is Abraham

‘Can I Trust Him?’ (Part II)

If the young man you’re dating is sincere, he has to demonstrate his commitment now, beginning with regular and intensive Torah study. My experience is that people who put things off rarely deliver.

The Scorpion & The Setting Of The Son

Why did Yaakov act strangely by crisscrossing his hands when he could have simply switched Ephraim and Menashe’s positions?

The Five-Star Hotel Called Life

Is there any way to measure the value of life? Is it worth a million dollars? Ten million? A hundred billion? Is it even possible to put a value on our existence?

Taillight Ticket

Thus, if the ticket was issued to the owner, the driver has no obligation to reimburse him.

Passing The Torch

I explained to him that Hashem does not give a person something to deal with that they cannot handle.

Winning Ticket #675349

I teach our students that nothing happens by chance and certainly that includes a raffle drawing. Hashem is running the world and everything that happens in it.

Lesser Of Two Evils

Why do we allow a Jew to shecht on Shabbos when there are other ways of providing the ill person with meat?

Aleph Beta: Lech Lecha: Was Abraham The First Wandering Jew?

God just promised Abraham the land. Why is it that, though God keeps reassuring that this land is his, he refuses to settle down?

The Phantom & The Man

We meet two different Abrahams in the Torah text and the Midrash. The spiritual giant, hero, and Tzaddik of the Midrash is almost a phantom in the written text. Which is real?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Lech Lecha: Avoiding Too Much Virtue

While we read of tests of Avraham, it is clear that Sarah endured tests of her own. According to Ramban, she failed her test in her treatment of Hagar

Tefillah: A Meeting with Hashem – A Personal Request

B’chol dirachecha da’eihu, vehu yiyasher orchosecha – In all your ways know Him and He will smooth your paths

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