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How Avraham Married Hagar

I believe one of our questions can be answered by noting that Avraham was only commanded not to marry a gentile or a maidservant in Bereishis 17:7 – after he was already married to Hagar for 13 years.

Suffering and the Land of Israel

The Jewish people's love for their land is under assault, whether by Arab terror or UNESCO treachery

Avraham Wasn’t a Half-Believer

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Shabbos: A Day With Hashem – A Meal For Eternity

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My Life For Yours

Even in the most drastic of circumstances, a Jew can never be written off completely and one must even be willing to endure total mesirus nefesh for another’s sake.

When Disappointed By Loved Ones

Noah's children teach different responses to being disappointed by someone dear-or even God Himself

Believing And Not Believing

The more a person grows, the more clearly he relates to his spiritual side, and the less the Nefesh Ha’Bahami clouds his vision.

Feeding Your Animals First

It was only after permission was granted to eat animals that man was permitted to fully own animals.

Lessons Learned

Unfortunately, the new world that Adam attempted to start through Seth became corrupted.

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Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Noach II

The remarkable gift of unity should be a powerful tool to further mankind and to further God’s will.

The Challenge of a Blessing

Rashi said Noah was lacking in faith. His faith in God wasn't weak, his self-faith was lacking

Appreciating The Good

And Adom said, “The woman that you placed with me, she gave me from the tree and I ate.” — Bereishis 3:12   Adom HaRishon was...

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Are Birds Food?

Birds, which were created on the fifth day, can accept tumah when they become food.

Declaring A Do Over

Apparently, the perseverance demonstrated in multiple attempts at creating an acceptable world is an example of an important characteristic of Hashem that man must emulate, based on the precept of V’Halachta B’Drachav

Willing Witnesses

Every Jew is required to try to influence the world in a positive way.

Parshat Bereishit

In every leadership situation there are basic gauges and indicators that must never be ignored.

Separation is the Key to Creation

Constantly investing energy safeguarding separation, life & world is man's participating in creation

Aleph Beta: Bereishit: Is The Torah One Big Story? – The Parsha Experiment

Truly understanding the hidden meaning in Parshat Bereishit will provide insight to the entire Torah

Everlasting Imperfections

Creation is everlasting in the sense that all of us add brushstrokes & notes-that is its perfection

Directing Creativity

What is the world? Bereshit’s answer: The world is “creativity.”

In The Beginning

After all, many sinners live in mansions, and in the post-Holocaust era it’s impossible to conclude that those who suffered sinned.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Bereshit II

‘God doing exactly as He planned’ does not mean that all occurred without any ambivalence & tension.

The Last Eight Pesukim

Tosafos quotes an explanation from R’ Meshulem that the halacha requires that the one who is called up to the Torah for those pesukim must read them himself and cannot have a baal korei read them for him.

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