Compare and Contrast – 5777

Rabbi Aharon Greenberg Canadian Director of the Seif Orthodox Union Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus   Compare and Contrast Our Parsha, Parshat Vayera, is replete with so many obvious comparisons and stark contrasts. I will attempt to uncover some of its...

What is a Jew?

Emanuel Elstein Former Shaliach in Washington (2003-4) and Memphis (2010-12) Recently, as violent events rock The State of Israel, we can see the entire Jewish nation rising in response. Each in his or her own way, Jews cannot help but be moved by the news reports...

Correcting the Sin of Adam

Our Sages make a famous and well-known assertion that the first two thousand years of the world’s existence were years of desolation, while the next two thousand years were years of Torah (Sanhedrin 97a). According to our Sages, these years of Torah started with...

Going Beyond

In this week’s Torah portion, we read about God’s tenth and last trial of Avraham, the binding of Yitzchak. Avraham is commanded to sacrifice his son, his beloved son Yitzchak. Avraham does not complain. He does not negotiate with God, as he had on other...

Sedom And Avraham: Divine Ethics Verses Human Ethics

Ariel Vardiger Montreal Kollel 2006   In our parasha we are informed of the decree Hashem issued against Sedom and Amora, to destroy them by a heavenly fire on account of their sinful conduct. Hashem informs Avraham that the people of Sedom are very sinful and...

Winston Churchill and Lot

In last week’s parasha, Lot left his uncle Avraham for the fertile Jordan valley and set up his tents near Sodom. Sodom’s inhabitants are described as wicked. We might be excused for asking why the Torah is mentioning Sodom’s inhabitants. Lot is living in tents,...

The Second “Lech Lecha!”

Rabbi Zeev Leff The Midrash relates that this week’s parashah contains the second command of “lekh lekha” given to Avraham Avinu. The first “lekh lekha” in last week’s parashah commanded him to go to Eretz Yisrael and the second one in this week’s parashah...