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There Is More To It Than You Think

I am about to turn off my computer until after Shabbos but I could not resist presenting a question for everyone to think about and research over Shabbos [I don't promise to write an answer as many, many have been offered].

At the beginning of the Parsha, Hashem tells Moshe that "I appeared to Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya'akov". On the words "I appeared" Rashi writes an astounding chiddush! I appeared - to "the avos". In other words Rashi is saying that Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya'akov are our forefathers!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow! I didn't know that - until I turned three.

Rashi's works are studied more than any other Rabbi in Jewish History. Nobody learns Chumash or Gemara without Rashi. There must be something that he is telling us here. He didn't have time to waste by writing the obvious.

Let us find the hidden teaching.

Love, blessings and an awesome Shabbos to my most beloved friends!!

Elchanan ben Henna Miriam

The word "avot" stems from the word "ava" which means "want," as in "velo avah" — "he did not want" (10:27). Rashi is telling us that Hashem said to Moshe, "I appeared to Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov because they wanted to have contact with me." Every Jew can have Hashem appear to him if he wants.

Rabbi, Shabbat shalom! I want to pass along an excellent opportunity to perform a mitzvah for a dear brother who lives on the front lines in Yesha. He was a victim of the French Hill suicide bomber in 2002, and now needs some help. Please go to his site:
and read the post regarding accepting Christian assistance. (it's the second one down.) Also, please pass this along to anyone you know that may be able to help. Shabbos blessings...

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  • I'm Rabbi Ally Ehrman
  • From Old City Jerusalem, Israel
  • I am a Rebbe in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.
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