Lech Lecha

Lech Lecha: In Defence of Terach

November 08, 2019 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Our rabbis famously debate the righteousness of Noach. Was he a tzadik only relative to the corrupt society in which he lived, or was his righteousness that much greater because he attained it in such in a corrupt generation? While they debate the righteousness of Noach, there seems to be little debate regarding Terach. He was an idolater—not just any standard idolater, but a purveyor of idols thereby spreading idolatry far and...
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Lech Lecha: Counting Sheep

October 19, 2018 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"And there was an argument between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock, and the Canaanite and the Perizite were then in the land" (Breisheet 13:7).   Abram, Sarai, and Lot returned to Israel after their stay in Egypt, one which had brought them great financial success. As is too often the case, with increased wealth comes increased fighting. Instead of being thankful for one's...
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Lech Lecha: Family Feud

October 27, 2017 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“G-d said to Avram, go away from your county, your birthplace and your father’s home, to the land that I will show you” (Breisheet 12:1). While it is self-evident that Avraham would take his wife with him, it  is not at all obvious that his nephew Lot would or should accompany him. Perhaps it was precisely his family—parents, sibling, cousins, nieces and nephews— that he must leave behind in order to establish...
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Lech Lecha: From Noach to Avraham

November 11, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
We tend to view Adam as a failure at life, unable to obey his only command from G-d. Noach was better, but we tend to see him as someone who could have done so much more than what he did. Only with the advent of Abraham do we have the person who is finally capable of bringing G-d's message to mankind.  One of the criticisms of Noach is that he did little to influence others, and so he ultimately had no impact on society around him....
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Lech Lecha: On the Move

October 23, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  Sefer Breisheet might be described as the book of movement. Beginning with the heavenly spheres and moving to birds, fish, animals and humans sefer breishhet depicts movement.  Adam and Eve were forced to leave Gan Eden, Cain was told he must “wander here and there”, Noach had to travel on a boat to be saved. The tower of Bavel began when “the whole earth was one language...and they journeyed from the east...
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