Lech-Lecha

Maaser to a kohen???

Avraham Avinu meets malki tzedek, the kohen, and gives him maaser (14;20). But maaser is meant to be for a levi (bamidbar 18;21-24) - How could Avraham give it to a kohen? 3 answers...

1) The word ma'aser does not need to mean halachic maaser; it just means 1 in…

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Responding to Nature

Parshas Lech Lecha; Listening to the Call

The Ramban asks a scintillating question at the start of our sedra[1]. Most righteous people in the Torah are awarded an introduction as to who they are before the Torah mentions their deeds, attributes, or righteousness. For example, even before we are told of…

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How far a mitzvah goes

In the battle of the four kings versus the five kings this week, Lot is captured. We are told that 'the one who escaped from the war' comes and tells Avraham what has happened, so he should go and save Lot (14;13). This 'escaped one' is Og, later to be…

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Kotzker Rav observation

HaShem says to Avraham Avinu (12;2) 'I will make you into a great nation and bless you and make great your name and there will be bracha.' Rashi asribes each part of this sentence to each one of the Avos. 'I will make you into a great nation' refers to…

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The Birth of The Jewish People

In this week's parsha, Lech Lecha, we meet our forefather, Avraham.

Avraham is the first person in the modern world to stop and realise that there is a Creator to the world. The Midrash gives the analogy of a person walking along the highway and he comes to a city…

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Lech Lecha

The First World Congress of the Agudath Israel of 1923, convened in the elegant Viennese Opera House, was a magnificent event graced by the presence of the legendary Chofetz Chaim and a large crowd of young dynamic individuals who were committed to the furtherance of the Jewish message worldwide. Although…

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Avraham's Journey and Today's Journey of a B'al Teshuva

In Parshas Lech Lecha Avram (before he was called Avraham) is told to go “from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house”.

The order of this sequence is quite strange, surely one would expect to find the statement reversed!?! I have thought of one explanation to join…

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