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Why didn’t Abraham intercede on his son’s behalf when commanded to sacrifice him?

Your question is quite good, especially when comparing it with Moses’ (successful) prayers on behalf of the Jews after G-d decided to annihilate...

Good Tests v. Bad Tests

When the Israelites were in the desert, they were constantly testing G-d's patience. When facing the Red Sea they whined about G-d's...

What do BCE and CE stand for?

Rabbi Isser Weisberg: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? justastudent: What do "BCE" and "CE" mean? As you can tell, I am...

Why did Esau so desperately want Isaac's blessings?

When Jacob outsmarted Esau and received his father Isaac’s blessings, Esau was outraged. “He cried out a great and bitter cry, and he said to...

If G-d changed Jacob's name to Israel, why is he still called Jacob?

The Torah says1 that the name Yisrael (Israel) means "for you have striven with Divine [Esau's archangel] and with man [Esau and Laban] and have...

Why are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the "Fathers" of our nation?

A child inherits his father's character. Every Jew has inherited the character of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We receive the ability to love G-d and be kind...

How did the Patriarchs observe the Torah before it was given at Sinai?

Torah is G-d's plan for Creation, so, these individuals were intuitive to Creation's Source, and thus they followed it even though they were not required...

How did Jacob study Torah if it was not given yet?

The Torah has a body and a soul. The body is the Written Law that was given at Sinai. The soul existed throughout time. It is part of the nature of the...

Why is the Hebrew name "Yissaschar" pronounced Yissachar?

There are a number of explanations. Here are two:1. Yissachar in general represents the study of Torah. Many of the members of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish...

When did the Matriarch Rachel pass away?

On the 11th of Cheshvan.