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Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Toldot 5759
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[Numbers] are mitzvot in Sefer HaChinuch KOHEN – First Aliya – 21 p’sukim (25:19-26:5) This is the history of Yitzchak b. Avraham; Avraham fathered Yitzchak. [SDT] Rashi quotes the Gemara that tells that when Yitzchak was born, scoffers said that Avraham and Sara, who were childless for so long, had found a baby and claimed […]
Toldos – Rishon
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This parsha chronicles the life of Yitzchak, Avraham’s son. Yitzchak married Rivka when he was 40 years old. They didn’t have any children so he prayed for her and G-d answered. Rivka became pregnant, but she had a very tough time of things. She inquired of G-d (through Noah’s son Shem, who was a prophet) […]
Toldos – Sheini
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Yitzchak settled in Gerar, but he copied his father’s old trick and told the locals that Rivka was his sister. Unlike Sarah, Rivka did not end up getting abducted, but Avimelech, king of Gerar, saw Yitzchak treating Rivka in a most un-sibling-like fashion, so he knew that he had been deceived. (This was probably not […]
Toldos – Shlishi
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Yitzchak remained in Gerar, where he farmed for a living. He was especially prosperous, because G-d had blessed him. Yitzchak became wealthy and acquired many flocks, herds and servants. The local Philistines resented Yitzchak’s success, so they filled in the wells that Avraham had dug. Avimelech suggested that Yitzchak relocate since it was an embarrassment […]
Toldos – R’vi’i
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Yitzchak traveled from the Gerar valley to Be’er-Sheva. G-d appeared to Yitzchak and told him that He would bless him and multiply his descendants because of his father Avraham. Yitzchak built an altar there and gave thanks to G-d. Avimelech, his general Fichol, and a party from Gerar came to see Yitzchak. Yitzchak was surprised […]