“Parsha to the Point” – Toldot 5778

Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9) Rabbi David Stav  “It came to pass when Isaac was old, and his eyes were too dim to see…” [Gen. 27:1]. Why did Isaac go blind? Was this an ailment of old age? Or perhaps was it an accident that led to this condition? The Torah does not provide an explicit answer, but does imply that his blindness may be related …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Toldot 5778

Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “Now Isaac loved Esau, because the hunt was in his mouth, while Rebecca loved Jacob” [Gen. 25:28]. The watershed moment in Jacob’s life—the repercussions of which surface in every subsequent generation of Jewish history—is the act deceiving his father, Isaac, …

אישה ופרשה: תולדות תשע”ז

“ויאהב יצחק את עשיו ורבקה אוהבת את יעקב” רותי היילמן כל זמן שהיו יעקב ועשיו קטנים, הייתה תמימות דעים בין רבקה ויצחק, אולם כאשר “גדלו הנערים” והתנהגותם לא הייתה כמצופה, אז נתגלעו הוויכוחים …

“Parsha to the Point” – Toldot 5777

Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)  Rabbi David Stav  The history of Yitzhak and Rivka’s family is recounted in great detail in this week’s portion, Toldot, along with all of their complexities. After twenty years of infertility, they become proud parents. Rivka’s pregnancy was no walk in the park, though. The young mother-to-be senses trouble …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Toldot 5777

Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And they said, we saw indeed that the Lord was with you and we said: let there now be an oath between us, between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you.” (Gen. 26:28) On what basis, and with which types of people, can we make peace treaties? A careful reading …

אור תורה: תולדות תשע”ו

עשיו- אנטי גיבור או גיבור בעל כורחו? יונת למברגר   עשיו המקראי עובר שינוי תדמיתי. הוא מוצג במקרא באופן שונה מזה שהוא מוצג בחז”ל, וגם בשירה העברית הוא עובר שינוי מדור פרשת השבוע של אתר כיפה, ל חשון …

“Parsha to the Point” – Toldot 5776

Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Parshat Toldot provides a detailed account of the dismal relationship between twin brothers, Ya’akov and Eisav, yet within the narration of the tempestuous events affecting Yitzhak’s family, it manages to introduce a curious episode that resembles …