*JDL* Parsha & Weekly Update – Week of November 6-12, 2011 – Cheshvan 9-15 5772

November 11, 2011

Parshah Vayeira – Genesis 18:1-22:24

Torah Reading for Week of November 6-12, 2011 – Cheshvan 9-15 5772

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 The following was written by Rabbi Binyamin Kahane ZT’L

“The midrash “Pirke Divre Eliezar” deals in length with the “Akeidat Yitzchak”, and relates the following: “On the third day they arrived at Zofim (Avraham, Yitzhak, and the two boys) When they arrived at Zofim, (Avraham) saw the “Schina” (Divine Presence) on the top of the mountain, as it is written, ‘on the third day Avraham raised his eyes and saw the place from afar’. What did he see? He saw a pillar of fire leading up from the ground to the heavens. He said to Yitzchak his son: My son, do you see anything on those hills? He said, yes. He said to him: what do you see. He said: I see a pillar of fire leading up from the ground to the heavens.And Avraham understood that the boy was desired by Hashem to be an offering. He said to Yishamel and Eliezar: Do you see anything up in those mountains? They said: no. He considered them donkeys and said to them, ‘sit here with the donkey’. He said to them: Just like a donkey doesn’t see anything, you don’t see anything either.”

 

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