Sacrificing Your Faith for Your G-d

Sacrificing Your Faith for Your G-d

To knowingly give up your life runs contrary to the basic human instincts of survival. Yet, our history is filled with kedoshim, holy martyrs who accepted death rather than submit to a belief contrary to the Torah. Chassidus explains that they drew their strength from Avraham, who “opened the channels of self-sacrifice”, enabling his descendants to access the supernatural ability to […]

November 2, 2017 at 2:35 AM 1 comment

A Legacy of Dust and Ashes

A Legacy of Dust and Ashes

It was not only because Avraham humbly described himself using the metaphor of “dust and ashes” that his descendants merited mitzvos that involve dust and ashes. Rather, these two mitzvos in particular, the red heifer and the Sotah water, reflect the heritage of Avraham as expressed in his words, “I am but dust and ashes”. With these words, Avraham effectively […]

November 1, 2017 at 4:46 AM 1 comment

Judging by the Weather

Judging by the Weather

In the midst of conversing with G-d, Avraham sees three men approaching and runs to welcome them to his home. The Gemara (Shabbos 127a) learns from Avraham’s behavior that hospitality to guests is greater than receiving the Shechina, the Divine Presence. The question is, however, having no example or precedent from which to learn, how did Avraham know that it […]

October 31, 2017 at 2:43 AM 2 comments

Parashat Vayeira – why is G-d testing us?

Parashat Vayeira – why is G-d testing us?

As we know that G-d tested Avraham 10 tests, but what is the point of the test and why does G-d keep testing us? Duration of class:59:56               http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/349481768-rabbialonanava-parashat-vayeira-why-is-g-d-testing-us.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

October 30, 2017 at 11:32 AM 0 comments

The Basics of Hospitality

The Basics of Hospitality

“…And he lifted his eyes and he saw, and behold, there were three men standing beside him, and he saw and he ran toward them…” – Bereishit 18:2 וישא עיניו וירא והנה שלשה אנשים נצבים עליו וירא וירץ לקראתם… – בראשית יח, ב In Parshas Vayeira, Avraham interrupts a visit from G-d Himself in order to host three passersby (angels disguised […]

October 30, 2017 at 4:17 AM 0 comments

Do You Feel an Urge to Be Kind?

Do You Feel an Urge to Be Kind?

According to Rashi’s explanation, G-d caused that day to be unnaturally hot in order to spare Avraham the burden of entertaining visitors, but the absence of guests was ultimately a source of anguish for Avraham. Does that mean that G-d’s plan went awry? Was G-d’s interference with the weather patterns a waste? It must be that although the plan was […]

November 13, 2016 at 12:35 AM 1 comment

A Seat for G-d, A Stage for Mankind – Parashat Vayeira

A Seat for G-d, A Stage for Mankind – Parashat Vayeira

Avraham’s prayers were granted. The location of the Akeida, the Binding of Yitzchak, was chosen by G-d as the place of the mizbei’ach, the altar in the Beis Hamikdash. The Beis Hamikdash would be designated as both the epicenter of Divine worship, “a House for G-d, prepared for sacrifices to be offered within,” as well as, “where we celebrate three […]

October 30, 2015 at 3:35 AM 0 comments

Angels Have Feelings Too – Parashat Vayeira

Angels Have Feelings Too – Parashat Vayeira

Avraham hosted three angels in the midst of being visited by G-d, from which we learn that hospitality surpasses receiving the Divine Presence. Yet, considering that Avraham’s guests were angels, who had no need for the food and drink he offered, did Avraham in fact fulfill the mitzvah of hachnosas orchim with this act of hospitality? In hindsight, the cause […]

November 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM 2 comments