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Category: Toldot

Don’t Just Do Something; Stand There!

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on December 2, 2016

In many ways, Yitzchak’s life parallels that of Avraham.  He travels to a foreign land to avoid a famine where he then claims that his wife is his sister to prevent her abduction and is subsequently blessed with great wealth.  He renews the covenant that Avraham made with Avimelekh, affirming his role as Avraham’s heir.  Continue Reading »

Why Jacob Needed Esau’s Blessing

by Rabbi Shalom CarmyPosted on November 2, 2016

Maintaining Stability or Effecting Change?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on November 12, 2015

Finally, it looks like Yitzchak’s story will be the major theme of this parashat Toldot. Until now, Yitzchak has only played a part in other people’s stories: Avraham offering him up at the akeida and the servant finding him a fit wife. It is now Yitzchak’s turn to write his own story… Or so it would seem. Continue Reading »

It’s Hard to Be a Yitzchak

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on November 1, 2013

Yitzchak had it rough. He was the son of a great man. His charismatic father, Avraham, spread God’s name throughout the land. He fought wars against mighty kings, he went from being a stranger and sojourner in Canaan to a “prince of God” known and revered by all. Who could follow such an act? This Continue Reading »

Staying the Course, but Not Repeating Past Mistakes

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on November 5, 2010

Another year, we explored the theme of Yitzchak’s life as a continuation and institutionalization of Avraham’s vision: Yitzchak could not go out of Canaan – he could not explore new vistas. He had to stay in Canaan and invest all of his energies in building, in establishing, in redigging the wells. If another Avraham had followed Continue Reading »

Yitzchak: The Father of Continuity

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on November 20, 2009

Yitzchak’s story is one of the major themes of parshat Toldot. Until now, the stories involving Yitzchak have really been stories of other people – Avraham offering up Yitzchak at the akeida, and Avraham’s servant finding a wife for Yitzchak. Now, finally, it is Yitzchak’s turn to write his own story, to have his own Continue Reading »