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    Toldot

    This Culture is Not For Us

    Understanding the difference between Judaism and Christianity via the story of Yaakov and Esav. Challenging the concept of a "Judeo-Christian" culture

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Kislev 1 5782
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    Toldot

    Was Jacob Right to Take the Blessings?

    Was Jacob right to take Esau’s blessing in disguise? Was he right to deceive his father and to take from his brother the blessing Isaac sought to give him? Was Rebecca right in conceiving the plan in the first place and encouraging Jacob to carry it out?

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Cheshvan 28 5782
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    The Tracks of Our Tears

    The pattern of infertility that we saw with Sara Imenu continues with Rivka. The Gemara says “G-d “desires the prayers & dialogue of the righteous,” & distress - as in this case, when Rivka, like Sara, struggles to get pregnant - is what usually motivates a person to reach out to G-d.

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Cheshvan 27 5782
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    Toldot

    Transmition to Descendants

    Is there any reason why Parashat Noah should be called based on the name of person involved, and our Torah reading this week should be called based on the generations and genealogy being described?

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Cheshvan 27 5782
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    Change in Human Initiative Pattern

    One of the major themes in Sefer Bereishit is the contrasts between each of the righteous patriarchs and matriarchs. Let us focus on the nature of the struggles to emerge safely as a pillar of the Chosen Nation.

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Cheshvan 25 5782
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    Toldot

    A Layman's Guide to Marriage

    I was told that I should not include quotations from pesukim on my daughter’s wedding invitation. Yet, I see that ‘everyone’ does! Could you please explain the halacha? "I wish someone could walk me through all the halachic steps that we need in planning our daughter's wedding. I am afraid I'll forget to take care of something.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Cheshvan 24 5782
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    Preparation and Guidance for the Davening

    Do Clothes Make the Man?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Kislev 10 5781
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    All in the Family

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Kislev 3 5781
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    Covenant & Conversation

    Communication Matters

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Cheshvan 29 5781
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    Parashat Hashavua

    A Deal for the Firstborn, a Restaurant Serving, or Holy Real Estate? – part I

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Cheshvan 28 5781
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    Rabbi Berel Wein | Cheshvan 28 5781
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    Why Where the Foremothers Barren?

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Kislev 17 5780
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    Toldot

    No Rest for the Righteous

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Cheshvan 29 5780
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    Toldot

    The Shared Power of Circumcision & The Land

    Beyond the 4 Amot

    This week I was named Sandak in my grandson's circumcision. How does the celebration of a circumcision connect to the this week's Parasha of "Toldot"?

    Baruch Gordon | Kislev 1 5780
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Chevron or Yerushalayim? – Part II

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Cheshvan 27 5780
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    Covenant & Conversation

    Isaac and Esau

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Cheshvan 26 5780
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    Toldot

    THE DIVINE DECEPTION OF DADDY

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | KIslev 1 5779
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    Covenant & Conversation

    The Courage of Persistence

    Toldot 5779

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    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Kislev 1 5779
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    Parashat Hashavua

    On Weddings, Social Connections, and Related Dangers

    The Chitite people who lived in Chevron helped Avraham buy Me’arat Hamachpela from Ephron the Chitite. The p’sukim (Bereishit 23:3-20) stress in several places the involvement of this group in all elements of the interaction between the two. We find the Nation of Chet in this week’s parasha as well. Yitzchak’s son Eisav married two Chitite women: Yehudit the daughter of Be’eiri the Chitite, and Bosmat the daughter of Eilon the Chitite (ibid. 26:34).

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Cheshvan 27 5779
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    How Can Jealousy and Hatred be Turned into A Desire for Connection?

    Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon | 5778
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