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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 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: 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: 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.
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