Usually when we hear or think about the word "Shalom" we think about peace between Israel and her neighbours, or one nation and another. But there is another type of shalom, one that is much closer to home. Our sages use a term called "shalom bayit" which means 'peace in…

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What On Earth Are You Saying?!

At the age of 99 Avraham has a bris. Now that's sacrifice right? ouch. Anyway, the parsha starts just after his bris, where he is sitting at the entrance to his tent recouperating, and Hashem comes to visit him. This is actually one of the sources for the mitzva of…

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what was avraham praying for re sedom???

In parshas Vayera, HaShem notifies Avraham that He will destroy the city of Sedom due to their wickedness. Avraham, as typifying a man of chesed who cares for and feels deeply responsible for his entire generation, prays that HaShem should not destroy Sedom.
4 questions can be asked on this…

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water shortage??

This week's parsha is full of the acts of kindness of our patriarch Avraham. The parsha begins with G-d appearing to a ninety-nine year old Avraham sitting in front of his tent suffering from his recent circumcision.

Suddenly Avraham looks up and notices three men coming nearer. Into action he…

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Rashi explains that Avraham was sitting at the entrance of the tent to see if there were any passers-by, so he could bring them into his house. The Divrei Yisrael Zt'l cites Rebbe Yechezkel of Kuzmir Zt'l, who sees a deeper meaning in Rashi's explanation of "Over Va'Shuv" (which would…

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Becoming givers; not only people who give




The ‘opening scene’ of our sedra, Vayera, sees Avraham Avinu braving the pains of his bris milah in waiting outside of his tent an anticipation of potential guests he could welcome.

Indeed, he leaves HaShem’s Presence (HaShem came to visit and heal Avraham) to run out to…

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Be My Guest

“And God remembered Avraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow (of Sodom)” (Bereishit 19:29).

Rashi quotes the Midrash (Bereishit Rabbah 49:6): “What has remembering Avraham got to do with Lot? God remembered the following: Lot knew that Avraham and Sarah were married and that they had…

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Vayeira, 5768

One doesn’t have to be a connoisseur of European fine art in order to come across the name Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn. Although he lived in the Dutch Golden Age amongst such famous artists as Pieter Landman, Jan Steen and Paulus Potter, his rich colours, bold but intricate brush strokes…

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