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PARSHA POSTS: LECH LECHA
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Oct 16, 2018, 12:24 PM
Lech Lecha: Make Aliyah for
Twenty years ago today, on October 15, 1998, I made Aliyah at age 20 from Manchester, UK. That’s right. I have officially spent half my life (if you don’t count our three-year hiatus in the US, which I don’t,...
Oct 15, 2018, 11:40 AM
Believe in God or in Reality?
This Bible portion begins with a bang. God says to Abram (he gets a name change only later on): Go "to the land I will show you and I will turn you into a great nation… and all the families...
Ariel Ben Avraham
Oct 13, 2018, 10:04 PM
Parshat Lech Lecha: Goodness is our land (II)
“Go to yourself, (…) to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation and I will bless you; and make your name great, and be you a blessing.” (Genesis 12:1-2) God promises...
Aug 16, 2018, 8:36 PM
Should Torah Jews Weigh in on Abortion Laws in America?
With the recent nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, there has been a lot of discussion in the media about whether Roe v. Wade will be overturned or chipped away in the future. And I wonder, should we...
Nov 5, 2017, 3:11 AM
How to get Abraham to “think outside the box?”
In the 1970s we discovered Edward de Bono and his concept of lateral thinking. We've all heard the expression "to think outside the box", to get outside of our current frame of reference and try to see things in...
Oct 29, 2017, 9:07 PM
The Flight of Abraham
The parsha in Genesis, Lech L’cha, has great historical meaning for the birth of the Hebrew people. In Hebrew, the words mean “you must go” and according to the Hebrew Bible, God so spoke to Abraham and commanded him...
Oct 29, 2017, 1:31 PM
Circumcision – Rising above nature
In Parashat Lekh Lekha, Avraham is commanded to circumcise himself. What is the significance of the act of circumcision? In order to understand the conceptual significance of circumcision, let us examine a famous midrash that we have already considered in...
Oct 27, 2017, 6:42 PM
Meet mystery with goodness
Three of four Americans hold some sort of paranormal belief. A recent study reveals how prevalent beliefs beyond the realm of scientific understanding are in in the United States - from the notion that places are haunted by spirits...
Oct 27, 2017, 7:44 AM
The Perils of Ambivalence
Approximately 4,000 years ago, our Patriarch, Abraham and his brother, Haran, faced a politically charged environment. If it is somewhat comparable to our contemporary political scene and atmosphere on the college campus, then it is another example of the...
Oct 27, 2017, 7:42 AM
When Pharaoh took Sarah, she was silent
Did she consent, or should we interpret discomfort and fear that worse could happen if she didn't comply?