Abraham

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 »
Abraham – the First Jew - Why is Abraham considered the first Jew? More »
Abraham: Discovering God at Three - I had always heard that Abraham recognized God when he was three years old. Was that really the case? How much could a three-year-old possibly understand about the world? 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 »
Isaac’s Age at the Binding (Akeidah) - How old was Isaac when Abraham brought him to Mount Moriah and almost sacrificed him? Was he young enough that Abraham could overpower him? Did he understand what was happening? 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 »
Keturah’s Origins - Who was Abraham’s second wife Keturah? The Torah writes nothing about her background and origin – although if she was a wife of Abraham and mother to six of his children, she must have been a pretty... important person! More »
Overnight Lodging - 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)? More »
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 Borders of Israel Promised to Abraham - What exactly is the extent of the land promised to Abraham in Genesis 15:18-21? It doesn’t seem to be identical to the Land of Israel God later promised to Israel and outlined in Numbers 34. 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 »
Three Angels - 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? More »
Welcoming Guests - 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 »
What Happened to Abraham’s Converts? - I’ve always wondered what happened to the many people Abraham and Sarah taught about God? I understand that they spent years spreading the faith far and wide. But we never seem to hear of these people afterwards. Were... More »
Where Was Salem? - Do we know anything about the city of Salem – where Abraham came to after his battle against the four kings (Genesis 14:18)? Melchizedek, its king, is described as a priest to “the most high God.” He brought out bread... More »

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