God Appears to Avraham

This week’s parsha begins with G-d appearing to Avraham on the 3rd day after his circumcision. Read Genesis (Breishis) Ch. 18:1-16. Why was Avraham sitting at the entrance of his tent in “the heat of the day”, three days after he had been circumcised?See source 1 (Rashi’s

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The Destruction of Sodom

Breishit 18 The Destruction of Sodom : Kindness and Anti-Kindness   (Ch 19) Ask: What was the sin of Sodom that was so bad that they deserved to be destroyed? After reading the story of Sodom’s destruction, people will generally answer that their sin was sexual perversion. The word

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Abraham and Sodom

Abraham prays for Sodom Questions G-d says: (18:17) “Can I cover this up from Abraham?” Why tell Abraham about the destruction? Abraham argues with G-d about the destruction. Firstly, how can you argue with G-d who is all knowing and completely just?Secondly, why argue for Sodom? It

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Avraham and Circumcision

Breishit 15  Avraham and Circumcision: Why the Jews Part 2 Ask: Did you have your son circumcised? (or, when you do have children, do you plan to have your son circumcised?)  Most people will answer yes. Ask: Why? (Very few people will have a worked out answer) There are some very

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Parshas Lech Lecha – Escaping Machlokes

After Avraham and his entourage returned from their ordeal in Egypt, a dispute developed between Avraham’s sheperds and those of his nephew, Lot. Chazal tell us that Lot’s shepherds were allowing their flocks to graze on other people’s lands whilst Avraham’s shepherds would rebuke them for their

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Parshas Lech Lecha

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg This week’s Torah portion focuses on Abraham, our forefather. Jewish tradition says that Abraham was the epitome of greatness, and from him we learn vital lessons to help us as we guide our own lives. Let us examine why. “G-d said to

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Parshas Lech Lecha

The Parsha starts out, G-d says to Avram you should go from your land, and from your birth place and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you. Then is goes on to promise Avram great things…Who is he? What did he do?

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Parshas Lech Lecha

Topics covered in this class: The influence of society Greatness is measured in consistency. Trusting G-d. You never lose, never. The root of Anti-Semitism. The higher motivation. The influence of society. The classical question: In the first verse, the Torah describes where Avram must leave from with

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Independence

Author: Rabbi Raphael Shore Discussion Question: Is an 17 year old German in 1942 morally responsible for choosing to become a member of the Hitler Youth? Introduction to Who Abraham Was Give them an introduction to what they are about to read, including the following elements: Abraham

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Parshas Lech Lecha Emes L’Yaakov (notes based upon book)

12:2 There’s a difficulty in Rashi’s explanation that travel on the road causes one to lose his fame and renown. In what way would Avraham, who said Anochi Afar Vi’Afer, be concerned about this? The other explanation that Rashi brings that Hashem was promising to make him a great nation takes care of this problem. Hashem was promising Avraham that

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