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Parshat Toldot 5777
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A talk about the Jewish Calendar (today was Rosh Chodesh) And a note about rain on Rosh Chodesh Kislev plus Yitzchak, the vital link to the Chain of Tradition. Like his father, but very different in another important way. TTA for Parshat TO-L’DOT
Why Did Isaac Love Esau?
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Even before they were born, Jacob and Esau struggled in the womb. They were destined, it seems, to be eternal adversaries. Not only were they were different in character and appearance. They also held different places in their parents’ affections: The boys grew up, and Esau became a skilful hunter, a man of the open […]
I Have Yichus (Yo Tengo Yichus)
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“And Yitzchak prayed intensely opposite his wife because she was barren. And HASHEM listened to him, and Rivka became pregnant.” — Bereishis 25:21 HASHEM answered Yitzchak’s prayers and not Rivka’s The Imahos were all barren. Not simply incapable of having children, they lacked the very organs to necessary to conceive. Knowing this, Yitzchak and Rivka […]
The Cynic No Longer Whispers
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Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.  – Stephen Colbert Cynicism is a posture and language that is both weapon and shield – […]