VaYera – Aner Eshkol and Mamre

This week’s Parsha begins with the Bikur Cholim of HaShem to Avrohom after the Milah. But the Pasuk[1] tells us where this visitation took place – B’Alonei Mamre – in the plain of Mamre. Rashi tell us[2] that the reason this is mentioned is because Mamre is the one who gave Avrohom the advice to…

Lech Lecha- The Tent of Sarah

In this week’s Parsha there is a cryptic Pasuk about the tents of Avrohom and Sarah. When Avrohom enters Eretz Yisroel, he travels to the east of Beis El[1]. We are told that he pitches his tent, and then builds a Mizbeach. The word for tent is Ohalo- which is the possessive of Ohel. It…

Noach – The Months of the Mabul

Something that is puzzling in the chronology of the Mabul is the delineation of the months. In the Pesukim we find that some months are counted from when the Mabul began, and sometimes from when the rain ended and the water had reached its highest point[1]. This change in how to count cannot be arbitrary…

Bereishis – The Revolving Blade

As one of the major events in the Torah, the sin of Adam and Chavah eating from the Eitz Hada’as can be understood in many ways. I would like to present one approach to the sin and its ramifications. The result of the sin for Adam is not only that he is expelled from Gan…