Thursday, October 25, 2007

Parashah Roundup: Vayera 5768

by Steve Brizel

Lot and His Daughters

  • Yael Zohar offers a new insight into the contrasts between Avraham's family and Lot's daughters: link
  • R. Herschel Schachter views the actions of Lot's daughters as one should always avoid developing a "messiah complex", even in the most laudatory aspects of Avodas Hashem: link

  • Avraham's Need to Teach

  • R. Efraim Buchwald tells us that Avraham moved to a different community so that he could continue his mission of imparting Chesed and monotheism weekly: link

  • Avraham's Seeking Advice From His Neighbors

  • R. Zev Leff explores why Avraham consulted with his neighbors after being commanded to perform the mitzvah of Bris Milah: link

  • Avraham and His Three Guests

  • R. Elchanan Samet explicates Rashbam's commentary to tell the reader why the three angels appeared as men both at the beginning of the Parsha and how these events are connected to the events concerning the destruction of Sodom: link
  • R. Jonathan Sacks tells us why Avraham Avinu was able to see the Divine Presence in a stranger: link
  • R. Shlomoh Wolbe zt"l tells us that Chazal explored every aspect of how Avraham Avinu responded to his guests to teach us the proper way of performing the mitzvos: link (RTF)

  • R. Michael Rosenzweig explores the hashkafic significance of Avraham's response to his three visitors: link

  • Avraham's and Sedom

  • R. Avigdor Nevenzahl explains what is a sincere prayer: link
  • R. Berel Wein shows us from the life of Avraham Avinu that an individual can make a critical difference in the course of human events: link

  • Avraham and Sarah

  • R. Yissochar Frand explains the difference between Chesed and welfare and why Sarah should have answered Amen: link

  • Avraham and the Akeidah

  • R. Shlomo Riskin explores the notion that the Akediah means that we are sacrifice our lives for God until and including Al Kiddush Hashem: link

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