Monthly Archive: November 2016

Chaye Sarah – Seeking Character

The narrative of Abraham’s servant seeking a wife for Isaac is curious, and it offers many insights into the characters of all involved. A couple of such insights follow: Abraham specifically sent his servant...

Vayera – Responding to Crises

The Mishna in Avot teaches us that Abraham was tested with 10 ordeals. Those ranged from initial challenges to his monotheistic faith coming from the pagan society in which he lived, all the way...

Lech Lecha – An Endless Task

Just before the Covenant between the Parts God communicated with Abraham. Following his successful campaign against the powerful alliance of the four kings Abraham was concerned that he has used up his credit.The capital...

Bereshit – Taking Responsibility

All beginnings are difficult, the Talmud writes, and the beginning of Biblical history is no exception. A human being behind a project as large and complex as creating a world would be devastated to...