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It was the loneliest, most depressing night of my life. After almost a year of training, with only a couple of days to go before getting my bars and finishing officer’s course, I had been ordered … more
Avimelekh, king of Gerar, is a tragic figure. He is a king, but is very insecure. He thinks his position allows him to do things no civilian could get away with, but every time he gets called on his … more
G-d appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men were standing over against him; and … more
He was an old man, frail, tired, and bereaved. News of Hitler’s advancing army preoccupied him, and he was overwhelmed, if not broken, by the requests for advice he was receiving from hundreds of … more
One of the many challenging verses in our parasha, Vayera, concerns the nature of Yishmael’s behavior at the moment he is about to die of thirst: “And G-d heard kol ha’na’ar (the lad’s … more
Rabbi Yehuda Amital, the founding rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion, was known to say at the beginning of the new cycle of the Torah: “I don’t understand anything in parshat … more
I n stately prose the Torah’s opening chapter describes the unfolding of the universe, the effortless creation of a single creative Force. Repeatedly we read, “And G-d said, Let there … more
Bereshit is an endlessly fascinating parasha, with the creation of humankind one of its most thought-provoking themes. And G-d said, “Let us make man in our image, after our … more
There are many persons in this week’s parshah of Bereshit. Some are obscure, like Kenan and Mahalalel. But in addition to Adam and Eve, two others, Cain and Abel, are very well … more
Some pasukim of the Torah are “luckier” than others and their frequent repetition has enabled them to become active components in our tefilah experience. The beginning of our parasha, … more
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