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Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)

Isaac, Rebecca, Esau, and Jacob: the prototypical dysfunctional family.  Sibling rivalry, blatant parental favoritism, a breakdown of communication between husband and wife, taking advantage of the infirmity of an old man.  And lots of scheming. This portion should be Isaac’s, … Continue reading

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Toldot (Genesis 25:9 – 28:9)

After the promisingly idyllic ending last week, we return to the narrative and its threads of crime, sin, deception, revenge, punishment, and other bad actions.  But before we throw up our hands in despair at all the shenanigans, consider this: … Continue reading

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Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)

Previously, in the Book of Genesis… Isaac and Rebecca seemed headed for a peaceful, loving marriage.  Maybe it was at first, at least for Isaac, but we only read that Isaac loved her (24:67), not the reverse. This week’s portion, … Continue reading

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Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)

Our cat Sadie has been prescribed a hypoallergenic food that contains, of all things, venison.  This actually has a connection to this week’s Torah portion, Toldot, as you’ll see.  Also, since Sunday is Rosh Hodesh Kislev (first day of the … Continue reading

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Tol’dot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)

What happened to Isaac? This week’s portion begins, Eleh tol’dot Yitzchak, “these are the generations (or chronicles) of Isaac.”  But Isaac doesn’t seem to be a major player in his own story.  The activities recorded in Chapter 26, which chronologically … Continue reading

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