Light to the Nations – with Rabbi Chaim Richman
Weekly series of short messages concerning the weekly Torah Portion.
Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov, the forefathers of the Jewish nation, were real people of flesh and blood. Yet they also embody the very attributes by which G-d administers His world. Avraham embodies the attribute of chesed – loving kindness. Yet from his loins came forth Yitzchak, whose persona embodies the attribute of din – harshness. This reflects the cosmic conundrum: If, as we are taught, G-d created His world with chesed, why then, does harshness exists? Why are there people in pain and in need? By treating our fellow man with chesed we are, in effect, creating G-d’s world anew.
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Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)
Parashat Toldot is read on Shabbat:
Kislev 2, 5769/November 29, 2008
Rabbi Richman’s Weekly Torah teachings are now available in mp3 audio files! They also should begin to show up in iTunes as well.