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The Modern Bible 3

Vayeira

1. One of the fascinating lessons our sages derive is – Imagine God came to you and suddenly you see other people, and as the Messiah gets ever more present… so the still small voice of God becomes more frequent – this can become a normal occurrence, and we find, from the behavior of Abraham, which of-course as our sages say – “the behavior of our forefathers is the Ultimate model” – Abraham, so to say, abandons God, and runs to greet his guests, for the ultimate desire of God, is human compassion.

2. Of-course, Abraham is the ultimate Paradigm of hospitality, and he says to these three strangers, “My Masters, if I have found favor in your eyes, please do not depart from your servant – please take a little water and wash your feet, and rest under the tree, and I will get bread and you will be comforted, and afterwards you will go from your servant” – We see from here, that when we do kindness, we should always make the other person feel like the king.

3. Abraham then runs to the tent and he says to Sarah, “hurry, please prepare three fine flower measures, and make cakes,” and then he runs to the cattle and he takes the best of his calves and he gives it to his lad, and he hurries him to make it; he then take some butter and milk and the calf which he made, and he gives it to them, and he stands above them under the tree and they eat.

4. The next story is exceptionally important, because these angels tell Abraham that next year we will return and you will have a son; and Sarah, who is listening laughs, because she had already passed menopause, and God says to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh?” And then he specifically Lies, by changing the wording of Sarah, who said in her heart that “it is impossible for me to have children; as well as, my husband is old” so God, did not want to create friction – This is critical to understand, for as the Talmud says, that if it is going to cause peace, not only should you lie, you must.

5. Now the next episode is exceptionally critical, for God says, that the reason he chose Abraham is “because I know that he will instruct his children and his household following him, and they will follow the way of God to be compassionate and just” – in other words, we see from this two things: firstly, that it is critical to raise children with Biblical values, without which, as we see, children fall apart; and secondly, what is critical to understand, is that the world God seeks, can be summed up in these two words a “compassionate / just.”

6. What is perhaps even more amazing, is that God says, that the reason that this sequence of events, namely, that Abraham will teach his children, and they will fulfill God’s will, is all in order to reward him.

7. We find fascinating terminology in that God says that “the cries of Injustice from the city of Sidoim have reached my ears”, “let us go down and see if it has reached the maximum point where they deserve destruction.”

8. Another very important lesson is Abraham certainly could have been somewhat morally Superior, and yet he sees his fellow man as similar; and therefore, instead of Simply allowing a negative judgment, what he does, is, he prays for them.

9. It is very interesting to note, as will further be played out, that in fact, not only is the birth of the Jewish Nation through the righteous mothers, but even its protection!, because while Abraham was a man of love… as is often the case, women with their intuition, and in this case Sarah, seeing Yishmoel’s jealousy, would lead him to murder – forced Abraham to send him.

10. We now enter into a most bizarre episode, whereby God clearly says in the Bible he was only testing Abraham… and he tells him to offer his son as a sacrifice! The obvious question is, Does God have nothing better to do with, if we can call it “God’s life?” And the lesson is exceptionally exceptionally profound, for as the episode concludes, God says to him “now I know you fear God;” as Kabbalah teaches, Abraham’s personal character trait was one of being a loving person, and his hallmark and life, is one of kindness and compassion; but as we mentioned, at the very beginning of Lech Laicha, the only way for a person to be spiritual, and have true meaning and values in life, is by abandoning their personality, even they’re positive instincts, and agreeing wholeheartedly with each and every instruction that comes from God.

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