Abraham: Our Patriarch of Loving-kindness

Abraham greets three strangers

If I had to choose one human being who revolutionized the world more than any other person did, Abraham would be my choice. Although his belief about one God who is Father of us all – monotheism — was not widely recognized during his lifetime, Abraham’s ideals and values form the basis of the civilized world today. Abraham was the first of the avot, the patriarchs. The word avot can also mean “archetype,” and each of the three fathers – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — serve as a model for the nation of Israel and for us. Abraham, as the first of the fathers, is also the foundation of the nation. In this month’s Limmud, we will study the life and legacy of this monumental figure and consider how we can become more like Abraham in our own lives.

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