Women in Tanach – Sarah

“After Abram had lived in Canaanfor ten years, his wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian her slave, and gave her to her husband Abram as a wife. When [Hagar] saw that she was pregnant, she looked at her mistress with contempt. Sarai said to Abram, “It’s all...

Bread and Wine

Rabbi Chagai Raviv Former Rosh Kollel in Cleveland (2009-2010) Currently Rosh Beit Midrash in Yeshivat Shaarei Mevasseret Tzion   When Avraham Avinu returns from the war against the four kings, Malkitzedek, the king of Shalem, goes out to greet him: “And...

A Bereshit SMS

In 1936, Britain sent the “Peel Commission” to Eretz Yisrael to decide whether to establish a Jewish State in Palestine or not. The commission asked the Chief Rabbi, the illustrious Rav Kook, the following question: Is Eretz Yisrael really important to Judaism and the...

Reaching Perfection

“And Abram was ninety-nine years old, and God appeared to Abram, and He said to him, ‘I am the Almighty God; walk before Me and be perfect.’” (Bereishit 17:1) It is in this pasuk that God’s name “Shadai” is used for the first time. The Midrash Tanchuma (at...

Avraham – The Father of Many

Yaniv Akiva Montreal Kollel 2000-2003   Around two weeks ago, an article appeared in Time magazine about Avraham. Part of the claim advanced in the piece was that Avraham was actually the first monotheist in the world and has not received the place he deserves on...

Us And Avraham Avinu

After the story of creation in Parashat Bereishit, and the story of the ark in Parashat Noach, as well as some stories of the beginning of humanity, we come to our parasha, Parashat Lech-Lecha, which begins, “Hashem said to Avram: Go forth from your land, from...

Using the Physical World

Rebbetzin Holly Pavlov   In an act of tremendous faith in the Divine, Avraham leaves for an unknown land, a land that God had promised would bring great blessing to him and his children. Yet, as soon as he arrives, God strikes the land with a famine so...

Aliyah After Aliyah

Rav Baruch Weintraub Former Rosh Kollel in Toronto (2011-2014)   Many commentators address the subtle differences between the beginning of this week’s parshah and the end of last week’s parshah. Parshat Noach ended (Bereishit 11:31) by telling us...