PARSHAT TOLDOT Shira Smiles shiur 2015/5776 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein With Parshat Toldot the Torah begins tracing the offspring of Avraham Avinu that will eventually give rise to Bnei Yisroel. However, Rivka is concerned about her pregnancy, for she feels strange “runnings” within her. She goes to the Beit Medrash of Shem and […]
ויעתר לו ה’ (כה:כא) שאין דומה תפלת צדיק בן רשע לתפלת צדיק בן צדיק (רש”י שם) Everybody asks the question, why is the teffilah of a tzadik ben tzadik greater? We would have thought that the tzadik ben rasha should have a greater teffilah since Chazal say that even perfect tzaddikim are unable to stand […]
“The boys grew up. Esau became a skilful hunter, a man of the outdoors; but Jacob was a mild man who stayed at home among the tents. Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob” (Gen. 25:27-28). We have no difficulty understanding why Rebekah loved Jacob. She had received an oracle […]
It may have been 30 years in the making, but it was well worth the wait! Ari Goldberg, City Director of Pittsburgh NCSY, uses his beloved Kansas City Royals to teach us an important lesson from this week’s parsha, and how not to let the present distract us from future opportunities.
The prophecy of the word of the L-rd to Israel through Malachi: “I have loved you”, says the L-rd. Yet you say, “How have You loved us?” “Was not Esau Yaakov’s brother? says the L-rd. “Yet, I loved Yaakov.” “And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the serpents of […]
Cynicism is intellectual treason. – Norman Cousins How often does Torah present us with language which, on first glance, seems extraneous only to reveal its genius and wisdom upon deeper reflection? So it is at the beginning of Parashat Toldot when the Torah says, “And these are the offspring (toldot) of Isaac, son of Abraham. […]
“Strength, Patience, and Hope” When I was a young boy, I had two distinct images of a strong man. One was of Charles Atlas. Do you remember him? If you do, you are no longer a youngster. Pictures of Charles Atlas appeared on the rear cover of the comic books that I voraciously read as […]