Toldos

Being You

This weeks parsha is focused entirely on the birth and growth of Yaakov and Esav, as the two brothers, and ultimately fathers of nations, vie for dominance over each other. The beginning of the parsha records how Yitzchak and Rivka, childless and incapable of bearing children, desperately cry out to…

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Living for tommorow

Toldot - Living for tomorrow. Esau and Jacob were twin brothers. Esau spent his days hunting in the fields and his brother, Jacob, spent his time studying and learning. One day, Jacob was making a stew when his brother Esau came in from a long day of being in the…

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Despise is a strong word!!!

Esav came home from the fields hungry and his brother Yaakov was preparing food. Esav asked for some food and Yaakov agreed on condition that he gives over his birthright to him. Esav readily agreed to this feeling that he did not need it. After eating, the Torah tells us…

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A balancing act!!

Rivka was having problems with her pregnancy and went to ask from the prophet of her time why she was having trouble. She was told that she was going to give birth to SHNE LE’UMIM, two nations. The usual word for nations is AMIM. Here the word LE’UMIM is used.…

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True or False!

We all know the story of how Yitzhak loved Esav, and Rivka loved Yaakov. Chazal tell us that Yitzhak was fooled by Esav who made him think that he was very righteous. He would ask him Halachic questions so as to give the impression that he was very observant and…

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Waiting for the right girl

The second pasuk of our sedra tells us that ‘Yitzchak was 40 years when he married Rivkah…’ Why, asks the Netziv, is it important for us to know how old Yitzchak was when he got married? The Netziv answers that this is to praise Yitzchak. For Yitzchak did not just…

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2 short vorts on Toldos

1)There’s only three Avimelechs!
In pasuk 26:1 Yitzchak goes to Avimelech, king of the Plishtim because of the famine in the land. Now we’ve heard the name Avimelech before; he was the Plishtim king in the days of Avraham. Was he the same person? The Tur al HaTorah gives two…

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