Great potential

Great potential

Great potential
Classes, Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, Weekly Parasha, פרשת בראשית

A fundamental theological cornerstone of Judaism is found in this parasha: Man must continue the process of creating things anew. In a clear departure from most other weeks of the year, the Shabbat when we read Parashat Bereishit is known as “Shabbat Bereishit”. Why does Shabbat Bereishit earn this unique distinction? After all, next week […]

?Why did God choose Abraham

?Why did God choose Abraham
Classes, Emunah, Weekly Parasha, פרשת לך לך

On what basis did God single out Abraham to become Avraham Avinu, the forefather of the Jewish nation? Avraham achieved true greatness. How? It is necessary to preface our study of this week’s parasha, with a simple, yet fundamental, question: Why did God choose Avraham? Though Avraham’s personal history and character are developed extensively in […]

Heredity vs. environment

Heredity vs. environment
Weekly Parasha, פרשת כי תצא, רבנים

Why do we see that in the case of Ishmael, Abraham did not act as the Torah prescribes for a rebellious son Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yaakov Shapira In this week’s parasha, we encounter the ben sorer u’moreh, the wayward and rebellious son, the glutton and drunken youngster who arrogantly defies his father and his mother […]

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