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Book Of Legends (Sefer Ha-Aggadah)
May 12, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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A disturbing Midrash takes s surprising twist and is better understood in historical context.
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May 11, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Torah is much more than theoretical studies, and the rabbis emphasized the importance of work, in this succinct statement.
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May 9, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Several Midrashic sources reveal the deep love of the early rabbis to the Hebrew language and their fear of Greek takeover.
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May 8, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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A Rabbi insults an ugly man and is taught a lesson in humility.
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May 7, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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A man who got upset at his wife fir staying late in a class wanted her to spit at the rabbi's eye. R Meir reaction teaches us deep lessons. We also discuss current problems of domestic violence.
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May 5, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Despite Elisha's claim that he cannot come back, his actions show his deep hope to reconnect.
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May 4, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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What was the real cause of Elisha's rebellion?
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May 3, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The famous story about Moshe Rabbenu and R Akiva is revisited as hidden criticism.
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Apr 28, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Rabban Gamliel tries to appease R Yehosua but misunderstands him and is taught a lesson regarding rabbinical leadership
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Apr 27, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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After the destruction, rabbis from the Davidic dynasty were the religious leaders. The contention among colleagues and followers led to a democratic, grass roots movement, culminating with the deposition of Rabban Gamliel
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Apr 26, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Stories about scholars were extremely cautious not to mislead customers, and about a scholar who found ways to give the banished children of a grumpy man, a portion of their inheritance.
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Apr 26, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Though Hillel and Shammai had major disputes, they've accepted each other's actions. Later generations have mitigated their achievements and promote instead divisiveness.
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Apr 24, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Akavya ben Mahalalel was a seeker of truth, excommunicated for his stubbornness. His last words to his son are surprising in their honesty and intensity.
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Apr 23, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Stories of three men rejected by Shammai but accepted by Hillel - is today's orthodoxy Shammai or Hillel?
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Apr 21, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The Talmudic story about Abba Hilqiyya paints a different picture of a tzaddik. The values of work, honesty, transparency, and business Ethics are conveyed through the narrative.
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Jan 25, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The story of R Shimon Ben Shatah who protected women's rights and defied tyrants.
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Jan 20, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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In the time of the II Temple a partition was adde in the courtyard. Why was it necessary? What was the argument for its creation? A look into a misunderstood mourning practice.
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Jan 18, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Several paragraphs from Mishna and midrash showing the deterioration in the status of the priests and high priests during second temple period.
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Jan 17, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The rabbis, and their contemporaries, were awed by Alexander's prowess and feared his influence. We discuss here several paragraphs leveling harsh criticism at him.
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Jan 17, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Three paragraphs from midrash showing the deep distaste of the rabbis towards the priests and what they represented. Also the idea that sacrifices are a compromise.
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Jan 13, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The chilling midrashic rendition of Haman's decree, some thoughts on anti-Semitism and on the secret of survival and success of the Jewish people.
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Jan 6, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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In this segment, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses ask God to forgive the Jews as a reward for their merits. Each man lists his achievements and sacrifices but God doesn't respond. It is Rachel who wins the argument presenting a feminine and very daring perspective as she challenges God.
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Jan 6, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Here we see Abraham visiting the ruins of the Temple. He is described as practicing non-Jewish and even pagan mourning practices. We discuss the literal meaning of the prohibition to destroy the beard. Later on Abraham puts God on trial and summons witnesses.
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Jan 6, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Rabbi Yehuda b. Simon praises Deborah and Esther. R Shimon b. Yohai rejects his disciples' criticism of Persian Jews and explains that sometimes even paganism is superficial.
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Jan 3, 2017 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Two beautiful paragraphs dealing with the reaction to destruction. In one Jeremiah meets the embodiment of Zion and forced himself out of his misery to comfort her. In the other, God mourns his actions and in a dialog with Metatron reveals insights of human psyche.
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Dec 29, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Here we explore the reason for the thundering silence of the rabbis regarding Hanukkah and Masada.
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Dec 23, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Two passages are discussed here. One is the corruption of the sons of Shemuel and how the rabbis drew analogy to their contemporary corrupt leaders. The second is the sad story of Saul and his fall from grace, which ends with a surprising twist as in a last act of heroism he redeemed himself.
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Dec 21, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Why are Hanukkah and Christmas always adjacent? A Midrash found in the Talmud might shed light on the Dec 27 2016question.
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Dec 20, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The Midrash rebukes the successors of Yehoshua did failing to connect to the people. This message is very applicable today. Other sources speak disparagingly of Deborah, a premonition of the current situation in the orthodox Jewish community.
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Dec 13, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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In this Talmudic passage the 10 commandments Joshua passes on to the Israelites deal with shared resources, civility, border flexibility and human dignity. Not your typical 10 commandments
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The rabbis criticize the hypocrites who adhere to external factors but lack inner faith and moral values. The Midrash about the wife of Ohn Ben Pelet was distorted by later rabbis to the exact opposite of its original goal.
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Dec 7, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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How the rabbis twisted the story of Korah to attack the corrupt priests.
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Dec 6, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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God laments the completion of the Tabernacle because it was just a distraction, a remedy for the tendency to turn religion into an obsession. Listen to learn more.
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Dec 1, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The Midrash speaks of the gap felt in Egypt after the Exodus. It resonates with many similar events in later history.
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Dec 1, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The Midrash says that the Israelites did not change their names, clothes, and language, but it wasn't so throughout history. Are we missing something?
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Nov 28, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Why was it important for Yosef to be buried in Israel? Why the focus on Moshe's actions? Who is Sarah bat Asher?
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Nov 22, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The Midrash describes differ leadership styles, the selfish and unselfish. Moshe's encounter with Pharaoh is also described as a theological clash. Illustrated through a brilliant analogy.
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Nov 21, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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A late European Midrash depicts Moshe as a loving leader, who cares about his people's well-being in the desert. God promises survival rather than comfort. Why? Also: God presents Himself by an enigmatic name.
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Nov 20, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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What happened when Moshe first visited the Israelites? Why does the Midrash say he used mystical powers to kill the Egyptian? What energized Moshe?
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Nov 20, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Why did Moshe flee? What happened by the well? How was Moshe "interviews"?
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Nov 16, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Why did the Midrash bend the text to suggest a miracle happened when there is a much simpler explanation. Did the author of the Midrash believe that an arm can stretch to twice or three times its length or is there a hidden message here?
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Nov 16, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The Midrash says that Moshe tried on the king's crown. Was it even possible? Was Moshe a stutterer? Why did Pharaoh seek to kill him?
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Nov 11, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The Midrash describes the methods used by Pharaoh and praises righteous women.
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Nov 10, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Jacob rebukes his children; he is about to reveal secrets; the origin of Shema and Barukh Shem; Embalming, cremation, removal of bones, and organ donation.
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Nov 9, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The Midrash turns and twists the dialog between the brothers into a magnificent drama. We also discuss the wisdom of Joseph in delivering subliminal messages and achieving his goals.
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Nov 8, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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How did Joseph know his brothers were in Egypt? What did he base his accusations on? The rabbis made delicatessen from the story of the first encounter between the viceroy and his brothers.
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Nov 4, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Why weren't the sages able to interpret Pharaoh's dreams. How was Joseph able to convince Pharaoh to appoint him viceroy.
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Nov 2, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The story of Joseph's temptation was embellished by the rabbis. We also discuss the question whether biblical heroes are flawless.
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Nov 1, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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How the rabbis used Midrash to uplift the spirit of Jews in Diaspora and how the disputed between Yaakov and Esau was never settled.
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Nov 1, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Oct 10, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Yaakov shows preferential treatment to Yosef. He is deceived by his dons in the same method he deceived his father.
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Oct 6, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Yaakov deceives and is being deceived by Laban who makes all of his townspeople accomplices. Yaakov hurts Rachel, causes divide, and pays dear price.
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Oct 6, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Was intimacy feared in Talmudic times? How was Yaakov tricked? Rachel and Leah were possibly twins. Yaakov's actions return to haunt him.
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Sep 29, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Yaakov kisses Rachel. How did the rabbi's view of and what is women's status in Jewish orthodoxy today.
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Sep 29, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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What is the significance of the place? Is quantum leap possible? One or many stones? Dreams and angels.
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Sep 27, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Why did Yitzhak lose his eyesight? Lesson from a great teacher. And - whose side is God on?
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Sep 26, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Why did Jacob allow himself to deceive his brother? Did he have a moral struggle? Why did his father give him the blessing even after casting doubt in his identity?
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Sep 26, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Why didn't Rivka speak to her husband about their sons? Was there a problem with their marriage or something that stemmed from their past and societal norms?
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Sep 23, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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What is the meaning of the struggling twins? How it reflects the life of the author of the Midrash?
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Sep 23, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The temple is not the center of jewish life - the home is!
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Sep 16, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Last session on Akedah in Midradsh. Highlighting the idea of martyrdom as evolved in Ashkenazi Jewry under Christian influence.
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Sep 14, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Satan tries to stop Abraham. An allegory to Abraham's fears. Influence on Islam.
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Sep 12, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Exploring the Akedah and martyrdom through biblical and rabbinical texts. Part 1
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Sep 9, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Written in post Islamic period, this Midrash apologizes for Ishmael's expulsion by Abraham. It puts the blame on Sarah and shows Abraham as a doting father. Mohammed's wives are even mentioned by name.
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Sep 7, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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One rabbi says that Ishmael worshipped idols, while another says he was kicked out bc of inheritance disputes? Who is right?
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Aug 26, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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People believe that Sodom's sin was Sodomy, but Ezekiel and the Midrash teach otherwise.
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Aug 26, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Why did the rabbis cast Abraham in a negative light, as one who refuses to be circumcised?
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Aug 24, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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The Midrash describes Abraham's hospitality, generosity, and religious teachings. It also describe Sarah as being hidden in a box or trunk - is that a metaphor for men locking women away?
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In the Midrashic story of Abraham the rabbis deliver complex philosophical and theological ideas through an apparently simple story.
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Aug 22, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Aug 19, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Aug 18, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Aug 17, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Aug 16, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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Aug 15, 2016 Rabbi Haim Ovadia
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