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The Observance of the Mitzvot by the Avot
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From the pasuk of “עקב אשר שמע אברהם בקולי” the Gemara derives that the Avot kept all the mitzvot and even Eruvin. Why single out Eruvin? Did the Avot really keep the all of the commandments – didn’t Yaakov marry two sisters? Download the mekorot here Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime
Attitudinal Aversion
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein            Parshat Toldot contains one of the seminal scenes that defines Bnei Yisroel and clarifies the differences between Yaakov  Avinu and his twin Esau. This scene is Esau selling his right as the firstborn to Yaakov Avinu for a bowl of red lentil soup. While Yaakov […]
Toldos 5779
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The Dubner Maggid on Yitzchak’s love for Esav vs. Rivkah’s love for Yaakov. The first interaction between Yaakov and Esav. Darash Dovid on the difference between the meal Yaakov gave Esav and the meal he served to Yitzchak. Bnei Yissachar: Why did Yitzchak need to eat before giving a bracha? The parallel between the three […]
Antisemitism: The Oldest Hatred in the World
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Parshat Toldot is the beginning of anti-Semitism and the key to understanding the phenomenon. Why would the Philistines destroy the wells dug by Avraham rather than use them? What is the significance of Yitzchak calling them the same names as Avraham called them? Avimelech evicts Yitzchak, accusing him of becoming wealthy through him. Nevertheless, even […]
The Courage of Persistence
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Covenant and Conversation Family Edition on OU Life There is a strange passage in the life of Isaac, ominous in its fore- shadowing of much of later Jewish history. Like Abraham, Isaac finds himself forced by famine to go to Gerar, in the land of the Philistines. There, like Abraham, he senses that his life […]
Toldos 5779
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Why are we told here (via Rashi) that Yitzchak looked identical to Avraham rather than when he was born – even after he was born Yishmael was claiming Yitzchak wasn’t Avraham’s son (according to the Seforno). Yishmael’s primary crime according to the Seforno was his attempt to delegitimize Yitzchak as Avraham’s son. The Gra on […]
Family Dynamics
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Sometimes family life can be complicated, but the family of Yitzchak and Rivka was particularly complex. At the root of the complexity was a prophecy: God informed Rivka that her two children, Esav and Yaakov, would be in conflict, that each would sire a separate nation, and that the younger of the two (Yaakov) would […]
In Every Generation
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We were never taught this is still going on today. – Gaby Kirschner in The New York Times We were never taught. History is an arc that bends towards justice. It can’t happen here. Not once in our long history have we walked any path, anywhere on the face of the earth, where we have not […]
Ask a Busy Person
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I’m fairly certain that you have heard this saying before: “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” It is a popular saying and is attributed to all sorts of “wise people,” ranging from Benjamin Franklin to Lucille Ball. Whatever its original source, I’m convinced that there is a great measure […]