Lech Lecha – Go to…Israel!

The first words of G-d to Abraham are a commandment for him to go to Israel, Aliyah.  Aliyah has been cherished dream of Jews throughout the centuries.  In fact the very word aliyah means to “go up” because the Jewish people have always regarded moving to Israel as an ascent, an act of spiritual elevation. At times, this dream was realized, but more often, circumstances prevented it becoming anything more ...

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Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s Blog – The Heritage of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs – Vayeira 5776

Abraham and Sarah, the parents of the Jewish people were renowned for their kindness and hospitality and indeed their children have, for thousands of years, also been noted for their philanthropy.  Every Jewish community in the world, no matter how small or poor, has always had charitable societies and funds. A typical example was the Jewish community of Rome in the 17th century.  Although numbering only a few thousand, they ...

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Tomb of the Patriarchs

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s Blog – Land of Our Fathers… and Mothers and Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts and Cousins – Lech Lecha 5776

This week’s Torah reading begins with the first commandment G-d ever gave to the first Jew in history - to go to the Land of Israel.  The Torah relates that G-d spoke to Abraham, and said, “Go for yourself, from your land, from your relatives and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  And I will make of you a great nation; I will bless ...

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