Although the Torah does not mention the names of the angels that went to visit Abraham, the Talmud tells us they were Raphael, Michael and Gabriel.(Bava Metzia 86b) Throughout most of their interaction, the Torah does not refer to them on an individual basis, but rather as a group, as it is written, "[Abraham] stood over THEM beneath the tree and THEY ate.This has been the majority rule since the days of the Talmud.
Several sent in a petition pleading to the rabbi to open his door to them so that they might have an audience with him. " Sometimes we clamor for leadership and insist that if only we had the proper teaching and guidance, we would behave much differently. Are we ready to accept authentic guidance, or are we so set in our own ways that we will only hear that which pleases us? In many ways the desires of the body and those of the spirit are mutually antagonistic, and in order to achieve greater spirituality, we may have to divest ourselves of things that offer more immediate gratification.
This deprivation may cause considerable resistance; we may even find arguments to refute the author and teachings of our spiritual leaders.
Think better thoughts and you'll change your self-image." Thinking of yourself in a consistently negative way is the only way to have a low self-image. The way you think of yourself now is your present self- image.
Regardless of your past self-image, you have free will and the ability to build yourself and your self-image. The Rabbi of Kotzk secluded himself for a long period of time, and none of his many followers could visit him. "Have they opened their hearts so that they will accept what I have to tell them?
Contrary to popular belief, Judaism does not maintain that Jews are better than other people.
Although we refer to ourselves as G-d's chosen people, we do not believe that G-d chose the Jews because of any inherent superiority.
Before finding fault with our leadership, we must do soul-searching to see if we are truly open to change.
examine my willingness to deprive myself of some things that have been pleasurable if they stand in the way of spiritual growth.
[Afterwards,] THEY said to him..." (Genesis 18:8-9) There are, however, instances in which the angels act as individuals.