Parashat Vayeira is as rich in patriarchal stories as it is challenging in its sometimes contradictory detail, connection between incidents, and thematically difficult narratives.
"If, then, you obey the commandments that I enjoin upon you this day, loving the Eternal your God and serving [God] with all your heart and soul, I will grant the rain for your land in season
Our discussion here will focus on the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. But before getting to the story itself, I wish to put a number of ideas in place.
One of the great modern teachers of Judaism, Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, zichrono livrachah,urged Reform Jews to ritualize the ethical and ethicize the ritual.
Rabbi Moffic suggests that our human actions, as exemplified by Abraham and Sarah's modeling of "welcoming guests," hachnasat orchim, can "bring heaven down
Biblical stories often form prototypical frameworks that define and shape later Jewish behaviors.
A congregant once told me, "Congregations are like cats or like dogs. A "cat" observes you from afar, trying to decide if you are worth knowing.
In this week's Torah portion, Parashat Lech L'cha, we begin to read the stories of our patriarchs and matriarchs.
Zionism―the love of Eretz Yisrael and the desire to make it a Jewish homeland―did not begin in the nineteenth century, nor was it started by Pi
Why was Abram told to leave his home and family and go out into the wilderness?
In Parashat Lech L'cha, Abram accepts God's challenge to go forth from his home and family on a journey with an unclear end and destination.
Abram, Sarai, and Lot go to Canaan. (12:1-9)
If a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes so is a word.
This week's parashah, Lech L'cha, documents the beginning of God's relationship with the people Israel.