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Parashat Vayeira (November 3, 2012)
by Rabbi David M. Posner

AT THE CONCLUSION of last week’s parashah, we encounter — for the very first time — the practice of b’rit milah…circumcision. And when we think about b’rit milah, we conjure up images of a new life, a new beginning and a fresh start. Our parashah this Sabbath begins when Abraham our Father — Avraham Avinu, who was 99 years old — had just had a b’rit milah.

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