interpretation of rabbi shlomo carlebach's "commentary on the torah, part 1, genesis", "even shlomo" (shlomo's stone), demonstrating the clear logical thinking that underlies the work of reb shlomo. i will follow each video in this series with a version in hebrew which presents the same material. to prepare these videos i first extracted an index of key ideas from the "torah commentary" book, and grouped the sections of the book around those key ideas. for example, for this first video i selected four torah commentaries of shlomo which deal with the the topic "motion", in the sense that shlomo wants us to "keep going" just like father abraham chooses to keep going in his adventures, rather than give up in the face of what to most of us would seem to be overwhelming obstacles. i then turn to how maimonides in his "guide for the perplexed" focuses on the notion of "local motion" in the 26 principles he introduces from the work of aristotle. this is motion which is first of all in one place and second moves in a circle, and this in turn is one way of describing traditional "dialectical logic", which moves continuously from thesis to antithesis to synthesis. i now have found a way to locate reb shlomo's commentary on "lech l'chah" (keep going) within the tradition of dialectical thinking. finally, i demonstrate that all four of the torah commentaries i have selected from the book for this video fit nicely into this conceptual structure. of course, i am not implying that all that reb shlomo gave us is dialectical philosophy. i merely am pointing out that along with all the other elements that his followers find attractive, there is this other not so obvious level of meaning that also is important, especially for those who would seek parallels of shlomo's work in other aspects of their lives in addition religion. for example, much performing arts aesthetics and gestalt therapy work has a similar dialectical theoretical foundation. for me personally, now that i have decoded reb shlomo's rich tapestry of metaphors, i now am free to incorporate his wisdom into my own work training actors and doing healing work with spiritual seekers.