Parsha Vayeira – Understanding Lot

Avraham Avinu’s nephew, Lot’s is one of the most enigmatic characters in the Torah.  There are a number of instances in the Torah which indicate that he possessed a certain level of righteousness and a number of other places which suggest that he had many flaws.  On the one

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Parshas Vayeira – Using the Good for the Good

The Parsha begins with the story of Avraham Avinu’s incredible chesed with the three Malachim. This is immediately followed by an account of the Malachim’s descent into Sodom and its subsequent destruction.  Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky zt”l points out a very interesting factor in the juxtaposition of these two incidents; both

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The Parsha of Yitzchak’s Birth

Rashi writes that Kavayachol sent 3 angels to Avraham. One was to heal Avraham and another was to tell Sarah of Yitzchak’s birth. This we understand. But the 3rd malach came to destroy Sodom. What in the world is this malach doing coming to visit Avraham? Even

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Parshas Vayeira

Topics covered in this class: Emulating G-d Saying a little and doing a lot. Did Avraham “loose out”? A Chessed question. Sarah’s cynicism. Emulating G-d Question: How could Avraham leave G-d in order to care for his guests? Chazal say that taking care of guests is greater

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Alternative Class Five Levels of Pleasure

Introduction to Torah Study I. Life is for pleasure It’s a principle of Jewish understanding that G-d created us because He wanted to give us pleasure. Illustration: All that one wants for his children is that they should live rich and happy lives, filled with joy. At the same

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Five Levels of Pleasure

Introduction to Torah Study I. Life is for pleasure Tell your class: “It is a principle of Jewish understanding that G-d created us because He wanted to give us pleasure. Illustration: All parents want for their children is that they should live rich and happy lives, filled with joy.

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Parshas Vayera Emes L’Yaakov (noted based upon book)

18:3 Rashi explains that Raphael who healed Avraham went to save Lot. However, then Gemara Baba Metzia 86b says that Michael went to save Lot. The difference could be on how the verse later 19:15 is learnt. The verse says “take your 2 daughters that are here.” The word nimtzaos simply means are here, but the Gemara Yevamos 77a learns that it is

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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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Parshas Vayeira

Author: Rav Yaakov and Lori Palatnik Based on Rav Noah Weinberg As you sit reading these words, imagine for a moment G-d suddenly appears before you. Yes, that you are in the actual presence of the Almighty: The Eternal; The Transcendental; The Creator of heaven and earth.

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Avraham and the Angels

Our Patriarchs are each shown in the Torah as doing one specific thing that most typified who they were. With Avraham, it was taking in guests—he was a man who loved kindness and used it to bring people closer to G-d. With Yitzhak, it was “talking in

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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?

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