Tagged ‘Toldot’

Parashat Toldot

December 3, 2014 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

Rabbi Michael Pitkowsky The negative attitude towards Esau in rabbinic literature is familiar to many and exemplified by the midrash that states “It is a well known teaching [halakhah] that Esau hates Jacob.” (Sifre on Deuteronomy, Beha’alotkha 69) These midrashim were … Continue reading »


Parashat Toldot

February 14, 2013 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

By Rabbi Isaac Mann One of the most popular derashot (homiletical interpretations) that rabbis make use of when delivering sermons on the Sabbath of Terumah is one that explains the reason that the Torah forbids the removal from the Aron (the Ark) of … Continue reading »


Parashat Toldot

November 16, 2012 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

How Much Love is Too Much? By Rabbi Judith Edelstein This week’s parashah, Toldot, was my son’s Bar Mitzvah portion 13 years ago. I can still vividly recall teaching him Torah and Haftarah chanting. We started nine months before the date because … Continue reading »


Parashat Toldot

November 24, 2011 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah, News

Don’t Forget the Lentils By Rabbi Katy Z. Allen What about the lentils? “Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the open, famished. And Esau said to Jacob, ‘Give me some of that red stuff to … Continue reading »


Parashat Toldot

November 4, 2010 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah, News

By Rabbi Isaac Mann Of the three Patriarchs, Avraham, Yitzhak, and Yaakov, we know the least about Yitzhak (Isaac), around whom this week s Torah portion is centered. Unlike his father or his son, the Torah tells us precious little about … Continue reading »


Parshat Toledot

November 17, 2009 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

‘A New Look at Esav’ (Page references to Chumash Etz Chaim) Rabbi David Mark In this parashah, we meet Esav and Jacob for the first time’they are twins, but unalike. Esav is ‘red, like a hairy mantle’ (Gen 25:25, p.147), … Continue reading »


Parashat Toldot

November 27, 2008 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

By Doug Alpert How do we define greatness? And moreover, by what criteria do we establish those who we believe possess qualities of greatness as our leaders? I pose these questions as a means to understanding our patriarch-Yitzhak Avinu/Isaac. If … Continue reading »


Parashat Toldot

November 7, 2007 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

By Tad Campbell In honor of my teacher and chaver, Rabbi Joel S. Wasser. Travel the world, or simply look at the foreign coins mixed up with your regular change and the most obvious thing about any, whether large or … Continue reading »


Parashat Toldot

November 16, 2006 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

Parashat Toldot: Fathers and Sons By Rabbi David Greenstein Parashat Toldot is the only Torah portion devoted to the life of Isaac. Abraham merits a much more extended treatment by the Torah (as does Jacob, later). Isaac seems to exist … Continue reading »



March 23, 2006 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

In the Blindspot-light By Rabbi Steven J. Rubenstein Each year I cringe when the postcard arrives in the mail reminding me that my appointment with the optometrist is due. A couple of years ago my eye doctor welcomed me to … Continue reading »