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Stand-Up Comedy
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“These are the generations of Yitzchak the son of Avraham, Avraham fathered Yitzchak.” (Bereishit 25:19) Readers of this first verse cannot help but notice the redundancy between the first and second clause of the same sentence. If Yitzchak was the son of Avraham, then indeed Avraham fathered Yitzchak. Rashi, ever sensitive to the subtleties of […]
Toldot 5767: Testing the Essence
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In this parsha shiur Shira Smiles discusses the narrative of the story of Yitzchak’s blessings to his sons Yaakov and Esav. Yitzchak’s main strength was that of Gevurah (inner strength), and therefore he is tested specifically in this area.
Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat To’l’dot 5762
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Numbers in [square brackets] are the Mitzva-Count from 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 […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Toldot 5760
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Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya – 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 […]
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 […]
Be Thyself
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I have argued in previous years of Covenant and Conversation that the episode in which the Jewish people acquired its name – when Jacob wrestled with an unnamed adversary at night and received the name Israel – is essential to an understanding of what it is to be a Jew. I argue here that it […]