What's Pshat?

Home » Posts tagged 'Vayera'

Tag Archives: Vayera

Secret Sequel (Vayera)

Preview: Ever notice the uncanny parallels between the story of Sodom and the story of Shechem?

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

On the Heels (Ekev)

Preview: The idiomatic use of “ekev” – “because;” “on the heels” – is exceedingly rare in the Torah. In fact, it may function as a technical term of sorts, for it appears in the Torah only five times in total, and always in the context of Hashem’s pledge concerning the Promised Land. Small wonder that we find textual parallels between all these texts. What do they mean?

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

Digging Deeper (Toldot)

Preview: Almost word-for-word, the blessing Yitzchak receives before moving to Gerar is the blessing his father received following akedat Yitzchak. Some thoughts on how that blessing materialized during Yitzchak’s stay with Avimelech – and how the literary legacy of the akedah illustrates that true sacrifice never really ends.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

Perceiving Providence (Vayera)

Preview: Commentary on assorted observations, including: (1) the delay and/or distinction, throughout Tanach, between divine “remembrance” and divine communication/action; (2) possible double entendre (or really, two double entendres) in the phrase “מה לך הגר, אל תיראי;” (3) parallels between Avraham hosting guests, at the beginning of the parshah, and Avraham binding Yitzchak, at the end.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

Shakespeare and Sodom (Vayera)

Preview: On parallels between “Lot’s exodus” from Sodom vs. b’nei Yisrael’s exodus from Egypt, and the meaning of these connections.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us