Abraham & Independence-
I notice that the first “command” given to the first Jew, Abraham, is to "Go for yourself from your land, from your relatives, and from your father's house to the land that I will show you." (Genesis 12:1) Is this to...More
Avraham Serving the Angels-
In Genesis 18:8, three angels appear to Abraham. It says that Abraham served them milk and a calf. I realize that the laws of kashrut prohibiting mixtures of milk and meat were not given until 500 years later, but...More
Binding Isaac - Instructions-
When God instructed Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, He came to him directly. But when God later told Abraham NOT to do it, He sent the message via an angel.
What is the significance of this? Was this message less...More
Hinduism and Judaism-
My husband is Hindu and I am Jewish. I am trying to grow in my Judaism, but I need to be delicate so as not to do too much too fast or he may object. Do you know of any resource that identifies the things in common...More
Jewish Claim to the Land-
I have heard a lot of anti-Israel sentiment from my friends who support the Palestinians. A good client of mine questions the validity of Israel’s existence, saying: “How do you justify inhabiting an...More
In Parshat Chayei Sarah when Eliezer was asking for lodging for the night, why is there a difference in the spelling of the word La-lin (Genesis 24:23) and La-lun (24:25)?
Reason for Slavery-
In the Bible, God tells Abraham that his descendents will eventually become slaves, which was fulfill during the awful years in Egypt. Why would God make such a prediction?More
The Name "Eliezer"-
My Bar Mitzvah is coming up in a few months, and I have to prepare a speech to say in front of the whole congregation. The rabbi suggested that I talk about the meaning of my Hebrew name, Eliezer. Can you help?More
The Torah recounts that three angels appeared to Abraham (Genesis 18:2). Later, only two angels go down to Sodom. What happened to the third angel? And what is the significance of three versus two?
I'm a recent convert to Judaism, and one of the things that impresses me the most about the Jewish community is the way people have so generously opened their homes to me as a guest for Shabbat and holiday meals. Where...More