Negating the Negah: Balancing Sucessful Spiritual Life in Eretz Yisrael and מרוב עצות לא רואים את היער

“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 […]

Lech Lecha- Fulfilling the ENTIRE Brit

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 […]

Lech Lecha- Crying out in the Name of Hashem

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 […]

Metzora- Tzara’at… But in a Good Way!

וַיְדַבֵּ֣ר ה’ אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה וְאֶֽל־אַהֲרֹ֖ן לֵאמֹֽר׃ כִּ֤י תָבֹ֙אוּ֙ אֶל־אֶ֣רֶץ כְּנַ֔עַן אֲשֶׁ֥ר אֲנִ֛י נֹתֵ֥ן לָכֶ֖ם לַאֲחֻזָּ֑ה וְנָתַתִּי֙ נֶ֣גַע צָרַ֔עַת בְּבֵ֖ית אֶ֥רֶץ אֲחֻזַּתְכֶֽם׃ And Hashem spoke to Moshe and Aharon saying: When you come to Eretz Canaan which I will give to you as an inheritance and I will put tzara’at on the houses of the land which […]