We also know that actions speak louder than words. If we campaign daily to do a good deed for someone and ask the person to pay it forward, we can turn the tide of a society that has become selfish and angry to one of loving kindness. This is what tikkun olam, repair of the world, is about.
What does the death of Sara have to do with King David? Welcome to another episode of Parsha with Rabbi Kravitz. This week’s Parsha is Chayei Sarah.
What was the kindness of Abraham? Here is another episode of Parsha with Rabbi Kravitz.
This week’s portion opens up with God revealing Himself to Abraham three days after the first Jew’s circumcision at age ninety-nine; but Abraham rushes off to prepare a meal for three guests who appear in the desert heat. One of the three—who are angels disguised as men—announces that, in exactly one year, the barren Sarah will give birth to a son. Sarah laughs.
Abraham pleads with G‑d to spare the wicked city of Sodom. Two of the three disguised angels arrive in the doomed city, where Abraham’s nephew Lot extends his hospitality to them and protects them from the evil intentions of a Sodomite mob. The two guests reveal that they have come to overturn the place, and to save Lot and his family. Lot’s wife turns into a pillar of salt when she disobeys the command not to look back at the burning city as they flee.
Rabbi Kravitz takes a moment to explore the lessons that we can learn from these two sections in the Torah portion.
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