Toldos

Toldos

"these are the descendants (toldos) of Yitzchak" Rashi tells us that these are Yaakov and Esav mentioned in the Parsha. Why are both sons mentioned in the Parsha?

According to Chasidic teachings Yaakov represents the soul and Esav the body. The parsha is therefore named after both sons because the soul…

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Parshat Toldos

Parshat Toldos
World terrorists and underworld kingpins, certainly have a lot in common. Take the challenges they share in acquiring decent life insurance policies, their bizarre friendships with Swiss bankers, and the proclivity for soviet produced artillery. But more than anything their stone hearted brutality, fanatical drive towards domination and exceptionally…

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'Brachos-gate;' from Yitzchak's perspective

This sedra is arguably the most action-packed one of chumash Bereishis in terms of major points/questions. Yaakov ‘buys’ the birthright from his twin brother Esav (they are both born at the start of the sedra), and then pretends to be his twin brother Esav in tricking his blind father Yitzchak…

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Live and kickin'... but no freechoice?

Rivkah is extremely puzzled at the start of Toldos. She has twins inside her stomache, and (as Rashi quotes on 25;22) one kicks to get out whenever they pass a house of idol worship, whilst the other kicks to get out when she passes the yeshiva of shem v'ever..and Rivkah…

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Who are we?

Immediately following the Torah’s description of the personalities of Yaakov and Eisav that ‘The lads grew up and Esav became one who knows trapping, a man of the field; but Yaakov was a wholesome man abiding in tents’ (Bereishit, 25:27), the Torah writes:

‘VAYE’EHAV Yitzchak et Eisav ki tzayid befiv,…

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Toldos - Sour Lentils

"I am going to die!" (Bereishit 25:32) wailed Esau as he returned home on the afternoon of Avraham's funeral after a rage-filled rampage of murder and promiscuity (Gemara Bava Batra 16b). Our Rabbis explain that these acts were a rebellious reaction to the death of his saintly grandfather. The Torah…

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Toldot and Shabbat

Esau – Esav – numerically equal to "Shalom" – peace. But Esav was the embodiment of war and bloodshed – red, murderous, evil? However, not from birth. Esav, all eventual depravity notwithstanding, born with enormous potential – to harness the physical world, channel its energy to a higher purpose. Tackle…

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