11 09, 2016

Descendants awarded for an ancestor’s deed

By |2016-09-11T10:44:00-07:00September 11th, 2016|Thoughts|

                                                           Descendants awarded for an ancestor’s deed   Many Jews accept as true the somewhat mystical notion that the rewards for a person’s good deeds, if they [...]

11 08, 2016

Descendants awarded for an ancestor’s deed

By |2016-08-11T07:05:25-07:00August 11th, 2016|Thoughts|

                                                          Descendants awarded for an ancestor’s deed   Many Jews accept as true the somewhat mystical notion that the rewards for a person’s good deeds, if they [...]

11 05, 2014

Bechukotai – Will God help us because of our ancestors?

By |2014-05-11T06:19:11-07:00May 11th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                    Bechukotai                                                Will God help us because of our ancestors?[1]   Many people have a rather remarkable belief called zechut avot, “merit of the ancestors.” They see it implied in verses such as Leviticus 26:42, which suggests to them that God will remember the Israelite ancestors and treat their descendants well because [...]