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How Perfect were the Matriarchs and Patriarchs? (Lech Lecha)

In an extraordinary series of observations on this week’s parsha, Ramban (Nahmanides, 1194 – 1270) delivers harsh criticisms of Abraham and Sarah The first has to do with Abraham’s decision to leave the land of Canaan and go to Egypt because “there was a famine in the land” (Gen 12:1) On this Ramban says: Know that Abraham our father unintentionally committed a great sin by... Read more

Beyond Nature (Noach)

Are we naturally good or naturally bad? On this, great minds have argued for a very long time indeed. Hobbes … Read more

The Genesis of Justice (Bereishit)

There are words that change the world, none more so than two sentences that appear in the first chapter of … Read more