Our sedra, arguably one of the most tragic ones in the entire Torah- the unfolding events delay Am Yisrael’s entrance to Eretz Yisrael for forty years, lead to the deaths of thousands of Jews, and set into place the destruction of two Temples on that same sad night- is preceded by the story of Miriam […]
This D’var Torah is based off of an idea published in the hot-off-the-press “Al Harishonim: Shabbos & Moadim” by Rav Aryeh Brueckheimer In the context of the parsha of the Mo’adim in Parshat Mishpatim, the chagim are related to their location in the agricultural cycle of the year- Pesach is “chag ha’aviv,” Shavuot isn’t even […]
“Life in Eretz Yisrael presents unique challenges, many of them spiritual. But, unlike challenges everywhere else in the world, they are directly from Hashem, and we do a great disservice to ourselves by taking them as “mikreh,” and not seeing them as a message from Hashem.
21:25– After Yitzchak’s miraculous birth, Avimelech, king of Gerar, approaches Avraham with his military general Pichol, and they request to enter into a covenant of peace with our forefather. Magnanimously putting aside his complicated history with the Pelishti King (actually, their history was pretty straightforward… the latter abducted our matriarch Sarah, and then put the […]
17:7– In Hashem’s last communication to Avram in this sedra, He commands our forefather in brit milah. In return, Hashem promises to be a G-d to Avram, his children and all of their descendants (Sforno adds that even descendants who “become lost” from our faith are still included). He also promises Avram’s Eretz Migurim, described […]
12:8– As our first forefather follows Hashem’s call of Lech Lecha, he travels around the Land of Cana’an, stopping in different cities and, according to Rashi, encircling the land as a declaration of ownership. Avram’s first stop is Elonei Mamrei, and he then travels to Bet El, where he builds another mizbe’ach and there also […]
On the second day of the upcoming hallowed holiday of many names, Jews around the world will read a story familiar to them from initially learning it in second grade, one which many recount on a daily or weekly basis, and others merely listen to on this day every year. I am of course referring […]