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Category: Vayeira

Parshat Vayeira: Tzeddek and Mishpat

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 6, 2020

This week, particularly right now when we are in an uncertain moment as a country, I’d like to share a thought on the parsha which touches on what the Torah believes to be the basic principles with which we should live our lives. …

Akedat-Yitzchak, the Sacrifice of Issac

The Binding of Isaac: Extremely Religious Without Religious Extremism

by Rabbi Hayyim Angel
Posted on September 15, 2020

Akeidat Yitzchak: What Was God Thinking?!

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 14, 2020

To follow along with the shiur’s source sheet on Sefaria, please click here.…

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גירוש ישמעאל או שילוח ישמעאל? The “Expulsion” of Yishmael or the “Sending” of Yishmael?”

by Dr. Yonatan Grossman
Posted on September 14, 2020

To follow along with the shiur’s source sheet on Sefaria, please click here.…

Speaking Truth to Power

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 23, 2016

Our responsibility to speak truth to power and protect victims of injustice, whether Jew or non-Jew, is a major theme of one of the central stories of parashat VaYeira, the story of Avraham arguing with God to defend Sodom and Amorah. …

Why Did God Test Avraham?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 18, 2016

Why did God test Avraham with the command to offer Yitzchak as a sacrifice?  This is really two questions. First, what purpose was the akeidah meant to serve? And second, how could God have commanded such a reprehensible act, implicitly condoning murder, even if the plan was to retract the command all along?…

Akeidat Yitzchak: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on October 27, 2016

How To Read Like Hazal: Why Did God Not Conceal the Fate of Sedom from Avraham?

by Rabbi Aryeh Klapper
Posted on October 26, 2016

Hagar’s Place in Destiny

by Dr. Michelle Friedman, MD
Posted on May 25, 2016

How might we understand the Hagar narrative? We find the first Hagar episode in Lech Lecha, where she conceives Ishmael. Parshat Vayera swings between emotional highs and lows and is rich with lessons concerning how God’s children should properly parent their own offspring so that the legacy of creation is transmitted forward.…

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Passionate Judaism or Rational Judaism?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on October 30, 2015

Do we want a religion of fire or ice, of passionate religious fervor or sober, detached rationality? In many ways, Modern Orthodoxy has chosen the latter. This goes beyond an emphasis on the intellectual, on prizing Talmudic scholarship and broad academic achievement.…

Seeing (as) God

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 4, 2014

As our parasha opens, God appears, va’yeira, to Avraham while he is sitting by the opening of his tent. Immediately thereafter, Avraham sees, va’yar, three men standing near him. He sees them again, and he runs to greet them. This pairing of God appearing and Avraham seeing brings us back to the beginning of Parashat Lekh Lekha.…

Killing in the Name of God?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on October 18, 2013

Is it ever permissible to kill an innocent person in the name of God?  Both our religious and ethical intuitions scream “no”! Halakha and Torah values consistently underscore the sanctity of human life and the injustice of allowing harm to come to innocent people, and from an ethical standpoint such an act is the very definition of murder.…