Brit Milah – 5769

Rabbi Zvi Elon Former Rosh Kollel in Urugauy   Parshat Lech Lecha contains the first mention of the mitzvah of brit milah. As we all know, this mitzvah is highly significant, and its many taamim (reasons) have been widely discussed. Nevertheless, I think that a...

Continual Progress – 5769

Rabbi Avi Goldberg Former Rosh Kollel in Memphis   The famous beginning of this week’s parasha is G-d’s command to Avraham to leave his country and family and go to the land of Israel. G-d promises to reward Avraham with a great nation from his...

The First Commandment – 5768

Rabbi Moshe Lichtman     There is hardly a section in this week’s parashah that does not contain an explicit reference to the Holy Land. One could even say that Eretz Yisrael is one of the main themes of the parashah. Thus, my dilemma this week was not how...

The Deeds of Fathers are Signs to the Sons – 5768

Rav Asher Sabag Former Shaliach in Chicago (2003-4)   Parshat Lech Lecha is the first installment in the story of our nation’s Avot (forefathers) – Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov – whom we mentioned in each of our prayers. Their actions serve as models...

Committing to the Goal – 5766

At the end of Parashat Noach the Torah tells us, “Terach took his son Avram, and Lotthe son of Haran, his grandson, and his daughter-in-law Saria, the wife of Avram, and they departed with them from Ur Kasdim to the land of Canaan.” (Bereishit 11:31) Terach takes his...

Moral Zionism – 5765

Without any doubt, parshat Lekh-lekha – in which we encounter the first “oleh” (new immigrant to Israel), Avraham – may be defined as the start of practical Zionism. Generally, when we speak about Zionism, we refer to the belief that Eretz Yisrael should be...