Abraham’s Lesson: Life is a Test

Oct 21, 2021

וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים נִצָּבִים עָלָיו וַיַּרְא וַיָּרָץ לִקְרָאתָם מִפֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אָרְצָה׃

Looking up, he saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them and, bowing to the ground,

Genesis 18:2

Rabbi Pinchas Winston discusses the Torah portion of Vayeira in his video series “Salvation through Genesis.” Abraham welcomes a number of desert wanderers who turn out to be angels of God. Rabbi Winston points out that life is a test, and we must always be prepared to obey the word of God, as we learn from the stories in Genesis.

But what about when good people suffer for no apparent reason? What about the Holocaust? How do you understand these troubling questions? Rabbi Winston explains God’s inner workings according to Jewish mystical beliefs.



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