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Can we pass the mentsch test?

Take a good look at how Abraham acts and perhaps add to your score on the entrance exam to the World to Come.

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Abraham: Blessed with everything?

When Abraham was alive, he inspired people to see the world with clarity and return to a belief that all Hashem does is for the good.

Abraham: Blessed with everything?

The chessed of Abraham - the chessed of the Creator

Only the capacity of the receptive vessel limits G-d’s abundance to His creatures..

The chessed of Abraham - the chessed of the Creator

Vayeira: The journey to Moriah

Rabbi Kook shows how the text hints at Abraham’s remarkable strength and composure as he readied himself to fulfill God’s command.

Vayeira: The journey to Moriah

Weekly Torah Study: Vayera

Where would we fall on the scale of righteousness if put to a difficult test?

Weekly Torah Study: Vayera

Hineini - I am here!

Abraham's test and our future.

Hineini - I am here!

Too Perfect?

I know of at least one person who worried about being too perfect. Our collective grandfather, Abraham.

Too Perfect?

Sarah's role in the Hebrew Mission

What challenges was our matriarch Sarah forced to overcome in order to play her part in establishing the Hebrew nation with Avraham?

Sarah's role in the Hebrew Mission

How can one go to school to become a prophet?

Prophecy is one of the highest forms of communication with God. There were, in ancient times, schools that trained people to become prophets

How can one go to school to become a prophet?

The beginning of Jewish history

Abraham’s nation will be either like the stars shining in the darkness or else like the sand, down-trodden, and kicked aside by everyone.

The beginning of Jewish history

Stop waiting for Mashiach and start bringing him

'Abraham's mission was to bring the world to recognize and live for Hashem. We, as his descendants, have inherited that mission.'

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Jewish history in a nutshell.

Two blessings that appear beside one another in Hashem's words to Avraham are a synopsis of what keeps happening to the Jewish people.

Jewish history in a nutshell.

The secret of Jewish survival

Ultimately, Jewish history is fashioned and determined by those individuals who are motivated by passion and directed by faithfulness.

The secret of Jewish survival

What no one told you about Abraham's story

Rabbi Yitzchak Botton shares a Kabbalistic explanation on Abraham's battle with Nimrod, culminating when Abraham is thrown into a furnace.

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Abraham the innovator

Abraham is the first human being recorded as having a normal conversation with his Creator.

Abraham the innovator

The hidden conflict behind the Battle of the Kings

Why would a battle between ancient kingdoms get such prominence in the parasha? Was it all that it seems?

The hidden conflict behind the Battle of the Kings

A great nation and its religion are born

Abraham was the first to define a great nation with a religion bound up in its land from the start.

A great nation and its religion are born

Abraham - the paradigm for all Jewry

"How many individuals across the face of history have made a real difference simply because they were willing and able to finish the task?"

Abraham - the paradigm for all Jewry

What really made Abraham great?

In the portion of Lech Lecha we meet Abraham - the first Jew. He taught the world about G-d. But he also taught us a lesson on how to live.

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Kindness is the cure

What exactly led to the downfall of the people of Sodom? Where did they go wrong? Rabbi Yitzchak Botton provides insight.

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Abraham's revolutionary vision: G-d is with us

Rabbi Yitzchak Botton explains how Abraham was charged with the mission, later taken up by his descendants, of eradicating idolatry.

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Abraham and stepping out of our comfort zone

Ariella Berglas provides insight into the power of stepping out of one's comfort zone, based on this week's Torah portion.

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Tens of thousands expected to flood Hevron this Shabbat

Thousands of Israelis, lawmakers, and public figures will throng Hevron as part of annual 'Shabbat Hevron'.

Tens of thousands expected to flood Hevron this Shabbat

Night visit to Patriarch Abraham's home

100 Jews visit Biblical site where Abraham lived, began Jewish tradition of morning prayers.

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Abraham, Moses, David might get cut from AP World History

College Board proposes controversial change to AP World History curriculum: start at the year 1450, not the dawn of civilization.

Abraham, Moses, David might get cut from AP World History

'Ishmael' Dogs Abraham the Shepherd in Samaria

Stories don't get more Biblical that that of elderly shepherd Avraham Herzlich – with Arab thieves in villains' role.

'Ishmael' Dogs Abraham the Shepherd in Modern Biblical Tale