Posts tagged Abraham

Lech L’cha (Go to yourself)

Lech L'cha

Genesis 12:1 to 17:27 This text introduces Abram – or Abraham as he is called later. Torah then details the life, successes, and beliefs of Abram after his direct contact with the Eternal. “Go to yourself’” – This seems like an unusual combination of words. How can I go to myself?…. I’m with me all […]

Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah)

Chayei Sarah

Genesis 23:1 to 25:18 After the near-sacrifice of Isaac and the death of Isaac’s mother Sarah, Abraham decides it is time to find a wife for Isaac. Abraham’s servant is sent to back to the homeland of Abraham and Sarah to find the ideal bride. The title of the parsha is “The Life of Sarah;” […]

Vayeira – Torah In Haiku

Akedah

WHERE DID ISAAC GO … WHEN THE AKEDAH ENDED? … TO HIS FAMILY —–   The last mention of Isaac during the akedah comes as Abraham prepares his son for sacrifice: Genesis 22:9-10 They arrived at the place of which God had told him. Abraham built an altar there; he laid out the wood; he […]

Vayeira (And He appeared)

Hospitality

Genesis 18:1-22:24 In a portion filled with several significant, violent events, Vayeira opens with a peaceful story of Abraham welcoming three travelers. This incident illustrates, and maybe, introduces the important Jewish tradition of HOSPITALITY. This is truly a parsha of extremes. We read about three of the most disturbing incidents in Torah: First, Sodom and […]

Lech L’cha – Torah In Hai...

Ishmael

AVRAM’S FIRST BORN SON … NAMED BY AN ANGEL OF GOD … “CALL HIM ISHMAEL” — Genesis 16:1,3-4 Sarai, Avram’s wife, had borne him no children … So [she] took her maid, Hagar the Egyptian … and gave her to her husband Avram as concubine. He cohabited with Hagar and she conceived. Hagar fled after […]

Lech L’cha (Go for yourself)

Lech L'cha

Genesis 12:1 to 17:27 Ten generations after Noah God begins to create a world within the world as Abraham, at age 75, receives a calling from God to “a place that I will show you.” His response changes the course of history. Over the last two parshot we studied the creation of the world. In […]

Noach – Torah In Haiku

Noach was righteous … But still he wasn’t chosen … To be the first Jew —   Noach is called “Ish Tzadik” a righteous man, in his generation (Genesis 6:9). But it will be ten generations before God calls on Abraham to be the first monotheist (Genesis 12:1-3). At first glance it seems strange – […]

Va-y’chi (And he lived)

A look at the book of Genesis

Genesis 47:28 to 50:26 As finish the book of Genesis, I look back at the major people we have observed and see what we can learn from their lives. This week’s parsha begins with these words: “Jacob lived in the land of Egypt for 17 years; Jacob’s days – the years of his life – […]

Chayei Sarah – Torah in Haiku

Cave of Machpelah

    ​ Isaac’s mother dies … Isaac’s dad finds him a wife … Isaac is consoled — Isaac’s father dies … Isaac’s brother mourns with him … Isaac, blessed by God — Genesis 24:67 Isaac brought [Rebekah] to his mother Sarah’s tent … and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. Genesis 25:9,11 [Abraham’s] […]

Chayei Sarah (Life of Sarah)

Cave of Machbpelah

Genesis 23:1 to 25:18 Even though the first words of this week’s text tell of Sarah’s death, the entire portion tells how the actions of Abraham continue the lifelong work of his wife, Sarah. “Sarah lived to be one hundred years and twenty years and seven years. Sarah died in Kiriatharba (that is Hebron) in […]

Vayeira – Torah In Haiku

Hineini - I am here

    G-d says: Abraham … Abraham says: Hineini … I’m here, I’m ready — Isaac says: Father … Abraham says: Hineini … I’m here, I’m ready — Angel: Abraham … Abraham says: Hineini … I’m here, I’m ready — When G-d commands Abraham to sacrifice his son (Genesis 22:1), when Isaac calls his father […]

Vayeira (And He -the Eternal appeared...

Binding of Isaac

Genesis 18:1 to 22:24 Although Torah doesn’t tell us much about Abraham’s early life, we learn much about his later life and total devotion to God. How would this characteristic be regarded in today’s world? The parsha Vayeira tells us a great deal about Abraham and his relationship to God, his family, and those around […]

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