It sounds quite nice, but I wonder whether Abraham had it easier than do we. He had a warning and a reason as well from the only reliable spiritual authority. God appeared to Abraham and told him that a storm was coming to Sodom because of her evil. As far as I know, God did not appear to anyone to warn that the East Coast would be punished for her 'evil'
As Avraham and Yitzchak went to the ‘Akedah, we admire their fortitude, not their faith, their having found the will to carry through on an enormously difficult task. Humans want to live; we all the more so want our children to live, especially a child who is the long-awaited answer to prayers, the one Hashem had promised would continue this parent’s ethical and religious revolution.
Sometimes we think we have more power than we actually do. Sometimes we think we have more knowledge than we actually do.
If we want to achieve personal greatness, we have to hold onto our goals and dreams.
A memorial to Rav Ovadia Yosef (ZT"l) in his daughters' recollections
Rather than just encourage aliyah for the young, Israel and professional Zionists in the exile, must make a concerted effort to encourage aliyah for the elderly. It will be the renewal of their lives, and that will be good for them, and for the Jewish people.
God just promised Abraham the land. Why is it that, though God keeps reassuring that this land is his, he refuses to settle down?
Listening to your biblical partner's voice
A society in which nobody cares about a person who falls down and dies, but mourns a stone that falls, is a society that has a problem; it cares more about physical progress than human life.
Why is there is no mention of dinosaurs, and other prehistoric animals, in the Torah?
God doesn't need a slave to order and say: Build an ark! He could have made it in a second. God desires a partner. It is up to us to rise to that role. Noah's greatness was that he figured it out.
There is a supernatural/metaphysical element to Nature, which we can ignore for long periods of time--Until we can’t,
Wishing you a great start to a great new year. Shana Tova!
The message is clear - there really is no such thing as a quiet day.
Stung by the splendor of a sudden thought. -Robert Browning
Why is the status or identity of this seemingly central tree not mentioned before Adam sinned. Was it permitted at that time or forbidden?
People of my acquaintance often treat belief as a sort of Pascal’s wager. As you may recall, Blaise Pascal, the seventeenth century mathematician, said...
The revolutionary sukkah--
Time is not what you think. Dying? Not the end of everything. We think it is. But what happens on earth is only the beginning. -Mitch Albom
Moshe is about to pass away, Ari says, and leaves the nation one message: "Take responsibility!" Moshe focuses on the nation. This is the message Ari lived and left us with.
As it turned out, Mordy and Yissachar were the very last people who wanted to go on the zipline that day. Mordy went first and had a great time until…
Moses is warning us, in what was meant to be a song to be remembered throughout our history, to stay far away from all forms of idolatry--regardless of shape or ideology
Wishing that everyone will be remembered for life.
This week's parsha presents us with an example that balances the need to guard information with the need to reveal it on some level.
An inspired and inspiring list of "SHOULDS" for Elul--and the whole year