Vayera

Vayera 5774 — The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

October 18, 2013
Vayera 5774 — The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

God disagrees with Immanuel Kant. The German philosopher said that it is always wrong to lie — even to a murderer at the door looking for a victim.  As described in an essay by Tim Mazur: The philosopher Immanuel Kant said that lying was always morally wrong. He argued that all persons are born...
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Vayera 5772 – Cave Dwellers, Solar Panels, and Don’t Be Mean

November 14, 2011
Vayera 5772 – Cave Dwellers, Solar Panels, and Don’t Be Mean

Why were Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed  (as we read in this week’s Torah reading)?  The Torah calls them wicked and sinners, but other than wanting to have their way with Lot’s visitors, the Torah doesn’t tell us much else.  The rabbis offer several different explanations, including, corruption and thievery.  But in some ways one...
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Vayera 5771 – Welcoming Visitors

October 22, 2010

Hachnasat orchim, welcoming visitors, is one of my family’s favorite commandments. We very much enjoy welcoming visitors; this week we are hosting a visiting volunteer dentist and his wife from the US, and some supporters of Rabbis for Human Rights. We’ve had Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, students, professors, rabbis, business people, teachers, from...
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Vayera 5762 — Underproject and Overperform

October 12, 2003

This week’s parsha starts out with Abraham breaking off a conversation with God in order to attend to three unexpected visitors.  Abraham tells his visitors to “take a little water, and wash your feet, and rest under the tree, and I will feed you with a morsel of bread.”  Abraham then goes and prepares...
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