“Parsha to the Point” – Vayera 5778

Parshat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24) Rabbi David Stav  Our Torah reading, Vayera, begins with three angels paying a visit to Abraham as the patriarch was recovering from his circumcision, during which time one of the angels reports that God is about to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Curiously, the Torah stresses that God feels a need to …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayera 5778

Parshat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And it came to pass…that God tested Abraham, saying to him, ‘Abraham,’ to which he responded, ‘Here I am!’ And He said, ‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, offering him there as a sacrifice on one of the mountains …

אישה ופרשה: וירא תשע”ז

  משמעותו של ניסיון העקידה חנה גודינגר (דרייפוס)  פרשת וירא מותירה אותנו אל מול הדיון במשמעותו של הניסיון, לא רק עבור אברהם אבינו, אלא בכלל בחיינו כבני אדם. חנה גודינגר דרייפוס על פרשת וירא מדור פרשת …

“Parsha to the Point” – Vayera 5777

Parshat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24)  Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Vayera opens with the story of three angels who come to visit Avraham, who runs out to greet them despite the pain he is in, and despite the heat wave that occurred on that day. After a lavish meal, the angels inform him that his wife, Sarah, would give birth to a son, who would be …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayera 5777

Parshat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “For now I know that you are a God-fearing man, seeing that you have not withheld your only son from Me.” (Gen. 22:12) The Akeda serves as a model for one of the most important questions in contemporary family life: to what extent should a parent continue to influence, …

אור תורה: וירא תשע”ו

מה גדול יותר מלפגוש את אלוהים? הרב בצלאל ספרא   אברהם אבינו התייחס בכבוד לפחותים ביותר למרות שהיו לו מספיק תירוצים למה לא, הוא היה חולה, אחרי ברית מילה בגיל מבוגר, והוא גם אדם מכובד וזה לא יאה. אלא …

“Parsha to the Point” – Vayera 5776

Parshat Vayera (Genesis 18:1 – 22:24)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Parshat Vayera begins with a story that provides a glimpse into life in the time of the Torah. Avraham Avinu is sitting at the entrance to his tent, feeling somewhat unwell. He had recently circumcised himself, as God had commanded him to do, at the …