Vayera

When being with Hashem isn't enough

When being with Hashem isn't enough

 

וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו ה' בְּאֵלֹנֵי...וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה שְׁלשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים נִצָּבִים עָלָיו וַיַּרְא וַיָּרָץ לִקְרָאתָם...

Hashem appeared to him in the plains of Mamrei... he [Avraham] raised his eyes and saw:  And behold! Three men were standing before him.  And he saw, and he ran to greet them... (18:1-2)…

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A Short-Winded Short Vort

Our sedra opens with HaShem’s promise to redeem the Jewish people, via the five expressions of redemption. However, when Moshe repeats these promises to Bnei Yisrael, they do not listen to (/believe) Moshe, because of their ‘kotzer ruach’ and the hard labour (6:9). ‘Kotzer ruach’ is normally translated as ‘shortness…

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The mitzvah of chinuch explored

Parshas Vayera; The Mitzvah of Chinuch
This week’s dvar Torah is going to be a bit different. We are going to explore the sugya (topic) of chinuch (‘education of one’s children’), as will be explained. This sedra is full of chinuch issues, for example Yishmael’s sinful ways and the decision to…

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chinuch

The pasuk says that after Yishmael was sent away from the home of Avraham Avinu, HaShem personally raised Yishmael (Bereishis 21;20).
What did this child turn out to be - a child that HaShem Himself raised? The pasuk continues and tells us that he became an archer; he shot arrows.…

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Two types of laughter

When Sarah is told that she is to give birth to a child at the ripe old age of 90, she laughs saying 'my husband is old,' and HaShem seems displeased with such a reaction. He questions Avraham, saying 'why did she laugh...is anything too wondrous for HaShem' (18;12-14).…

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Bein Adam Lechaveiro that we forget

 

 

 

In our sedra, we are told about Avraham Avinu doing the mitzvah of hachnasas orchim, and HaShem visits the sick [Avraham].

Here's something general about bein adam lechaveiro mitzvos. Rav Pinkus zt'l used to bemoan what he saw as a general mistaken attitude of people towards mitzvos…

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An interesting idea from Rav Tzaddok

 

 

 

Rav Tzaddok HaKohen brings us a fascinating idea and its proof this week. This is it: Avraham Avinu was a man of chesed, right? Correct - Chazal tell us this on plenty of occasions, and it is hinted to in the Torah text too. But there is…

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