In this week’s Torah portion, we read about Abraham’s journey to the Promised Land. What’s often overlooked is that his father accompanied him. It’s a lesson that resonates today, as we see the importance of political leaders, organizations, and friends standing by our side to defend Israel.
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Inheriting Abraham, by Jon Levenson, expertly dismantles the idea of the patriarch as the father of three religions
Yoram Hazony’s new book bases Judaism on a naturalistic reading of the Bible, but it’s a stretch
What Abraham’s servant—the hero of this week’s parasha—and modern science can teach us about finding love
An anti-Arab attack in East Jerusalem, and this week’s parasha about Abraham in Sodom
Stories of Abraham, the original outsider, and a young Israeli activist who followed his lead
Reflections on a vexed relationship
Seventy years ago, a contentious novel scrutinized Judaism through the eyes of a young boy