The Midrash in Braishit Rabbah on Chayei Sarah records a peculiar event related to the opening pasuk in Chayei Sara:
Rabbi Akiva was delivering a shiur when he noticed his audience dozing. In order to grab their attention, Rabbi Akiva asks “Why did Esther rule over 127 provinces? He answers: Let Esther, who is a descendant of Sara, who lived for 127 years, come and rule over 127 provinces.”
This Midrash raises many questions.
First, why do we need to know that the keh
At the beginning of this week's parsha, Parshat Vayera, Perek 18, the Torah discusses the episode of the three guests who are invited into Avraham and Sarah's home. The Torah describes Avraham, sitting by the opening of his tent at the hottest point of the day: .וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו ה', בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא; וְהוּא יֹשֵׁב פֶּתַח-הָאֹהֶל, כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם
וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו, וַיַּרְא, וְהִנֵּה שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים, נִצָּבִים עָלָיו; וַיַּרְא, .וַיָּרָץ לִקְרָאתָם מִפֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל, וַי
Why was it that God commanded Noach Pru U’rvu – be fruitful and multiply three times? Is it not enough to command him once? The answer given is that Hashem must instruct Noach to look beyond his own existence and his own humanity. Noach needs to repopulate after the destruction of practically all of humanity and instill and infuse his values for future generations. God needs to emphasize this commitment to the future to Noach as Noach does not seem to recognize that he mu
Shabbat Shalom. The first time we are introduced to Noach, there is a great deal of optimism and hope invested in him.
At the end of last week’s parsha, we are told Chanoch walked with God, VaYithalaich Chanoch et haElokim. He bore Metushelach and Metushelach bore Lamech. These three generations worked the soil but had a sense of the work being necessary for the ultimate good on the earth. Then Noach was born. The reason for his name, the Torah tells us, was “zeh y’nac