Our Father Abraham: The first of the true believers

The first step in being a Jew is the secret of G-d’s very first statement to Abraham: ‘Go to the Land of Israel!’

Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitschak Reuven,

Abraham Sees Sodom in Flames
Abraham Sees Sodom in Flames
James Tissot

This week in the Torah portion of parashat Lech Lecha, we meet Avram, soon to be called Avraham, the father of the Jewish people.

Who was this man and what drove him to challenge the entire idolatrous world and declare the unique Oneness of the Creator?

This week's edition of Temple Talk explores the persona and mystique of Abraham. Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman seek to understand the Torah's attention to the deeds of the forefathers in the context of the plight of the modern State of Israel in the world arena.

Plus: This coming week, the anniversary of Maimonides' historic ascent to the Temple Mount.

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