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Length: 51 minutes
Before Avraham’s time, the world needed to be destroyed because of its corruptness. Avraham saved the world in his time through an internal transformation, by bringing the presence of Hashem down onto this earth. We are called a G-dly nation because we call out to Hashem and He responds. This is what Avraham’s life mission was, and what we must perpetuate, working to sanctify the name of Hashem and bring His presence down onto this earth.
Length: 1 hour
The third aliyah of Parshas Lech Lecha discusses Lot, a mysterious, enigmatic personality. Although he starts off subordinate to Avraham, learning from him as a student, after they go to Mitzrayim he separates from him and goes to live in Sedom. He enjoyed the immorality of Mitzrayim and the fact that it is not connected to Hashem for rain, and saw that Sedom had similar aspects. This immorality became part of his existence in a significant manner. The nations that came from him, Amon and Moav, came about through this kind of immoral behavior. As Klal Yisroel, we are the opposite-we celebrate our dependence on Hashem and the fact that we build relationships of connection and meaning.
Length: 53 minutes
In the seventh aliyah of Parshas Lech Lecha, we learn about Avraham’s bris milah. This is not the first covenant that Hashem has made with Avraham-He has already promised him that His children would inherit Eretz Yisroel in the bris bein habesarim. After that bris, Avraham has Yishmael-but he will not be the one through whom the bris will be fulfilled. It is only after the bris milah, when Avraham perfects himself in the same realm that Adam and Noach failed in, that he will have a child with Sarah who will uphold the bris.
Length: 1 hour 1 minute
Although Shem knew about Hashem and is considered a righteous person, we do not consider him as one of our forefathers, like Avraham. There is a fundamental difference between the emunah of Avraham and the belief of Shem. Shem lived in a time where people served the stars because of the greatness that Hashem instilled within them. However, Avraham believed that Hashem is first and only, and no belief of anything else can interfere with our belief and relationship with Him.
Length: 58 minutes
When Avraham travels to Canaan, he builds a mizbeach and calls out in the name of Hashem. This is an expression of tefillah which characterizes the exact opposite of what the people around him were trying to do. The people wanted to establish a name for themselves, separating themselves from Hashem and His mastery over them. However, Avraham specifically called out in the name of Hashem, expressing his complete subordination to Him. When we daven, we must recognize our complete vulnerability in the face of Hashem’s ultimate power, and call out in His name, showing our total reliance on Him.
Length: 1 hour 2 minutes
We continue our discussion about the Imahos with a closer look at Sarah Imeinu and her different names. She was called Yiskah before she was married, a reference to the ruach hakodesh (Divine Inspiration) that she had, which was not connected to Avraham Avinu. After her marriage, she was called Sarai, noting her nobility which became greater through her connection to Avraham. When Avraham’s name was changed, by default Sarah’s was as well, as she was his partner in his life’s work, connected through marriage.
Length: 44 minutes
We learn from the Maharal’s Gur Aryeh about Og, the mysterious refugee who seems to be around from the times of the mabul through the times of Moshe Rabbeinu. The Maharal explains different angles of how to understand what Chazal mean when they refer to Og in different cases in the Torah.
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