Parashat Toldot – See the good in everything

Parashat Toldot – See the good in everything

Why did Yitzchak want to bless the wicked Eisav and not Yackov? and why did Yitzchak want to bless only one child and not both boys? – find out in this class about the Parasha              

December 3, 2016 at 4:04 PM 0 comments

Earning the Unearnable – Parasht Toldot

Earning the Unearnable – Parasht Toldot

  Yaakov was a devoted son, and his mother’s welfare was surely a concern for him. Yet, Rivka’s promise, “Let your curse be upon me,” persuaded Yaakov to go ahead with her plan to trick Yitzchak into blessing him, and not Eisav, with the greatest blessings that Yitzchak had to offer. If Yaakov himself was afraid of Yitzchak’s curse, (should […]

December 2, 2016 at 2:34 AM 0 comments

Gifts from a Minimalist – Parashat Toldot

Gifts from a Minimalist – Parashat Toldot

At the age of one hundred and twenty-three, Yitzchak was five years younger than his mother had been at her passing, and there was still a good chance that he would live another fifty years or more, as his father had. (In fact, he ultimately lived to 180, five years longer than his father.) Even his mother’s passing at the […]

December 1, 2016 at 1:25 AM 0 comments

Beneath the Surface of Eisav

Beneath the Surface of Eisav

  Yitzchak was blind in his old age, but he couldn’t have been completely oblivious to Eisav’s unrefined character and conduct. His intentions to bless Eisav, nonetheless, must have been based not only on what he didn’t see or know about Eisav, but on what he did see in him. The Torah relates that Yitzchak devoted a lot of energy […]

November 30, 2016 at 12:50 AM 1 comment

Better Off Blind – Parashat Toldot

Better Off Blind – Parashat Toldot

To say that blindness is debilitating is an understatement. In fact, Rashi comments later (28:10), “Because Yitzchak’s eyes had become dim and he was confined in his house, he was like a dead person.” Why had G-d caused this to happen? According to one explanation brought by Rashi, this was to enable Yaakov to receive the blessings that Yitzchak intended […]

November 29, 2016 at 1:20 AM 1 comment

Be Practical, but Spiritual…..

Be Practical, but Spiritual…..

Avraham could not possibly have observed all the mitzvos in their physical form. In order to physically observe the mitzvah of wearing Tefilin, for example, the Tefilin must contain certain parshiyos, portions of the Torah, some of which speak about the Exodus from Egypt. As the Exodus took place more than three centuries after Avraham’s passing, Avraham’s fulfillment of this mitzvah […]

November 28, 2016 at 1:13 AM 0 comments

The Fighter – Parashat Toldot

The Fighter – Parashat Toldot

Our patriarchs and matriarchs were perfectly righteous people. In the words of the Tanya (Chapter 23), “throughout their lives they sanctified their every limb to serve exclusively as a ‘chariot’ for the implementation of G-d’s will.” From where then could Eisav, the child of the saintly Yitzchak and pure Rivka, have developed an attraction to idol-worship when he was but a […]

November 27, 2016 at 1:17 AM 0 comments