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Parashat Toldot – Our Big Advantage

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.22″][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.27.4″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”] וְיַעֲקֹב אִישׁ תָּם יֹשֵׁב אֹהָלִים Yaakov was a pure man, who sat in tents. The Mishna in Pirkei Avot tells us that there are three “pillars” on which the world stands, Torah, avodah (sacrifices/prayer), and kind deeds....

Parashat Toldot – Out Of Love

 וַיְהִי כִּי זָקֵן יִצְחָק וַתִּכְהֶיןָ עֵינָיו מֵרְאֹת It came to pass when Yitzchak was old, and his eyes were too dim to see (blinded) – ● Hashem gives us suffering out of His great love for us. – Once, when the Chafetz Chaim was very old and sick, he was walking with a few people...

Parashat Toldot – Natural Tendencies

וַיֶּאֱהַב יִצְחָק אֶת עֵשָׂו כִּי צַיִד בְּפִיו וְרִבְקָה אֹהֶבֶת אֶת יַעֲקֹב And Yitzchak loved Esav, for his hunt was in his mouth, but Rivka loved Yaakov – ● A Tzaddik is one who does Hashem’s will regardless of his nature. – The simple translation of the passuk (and the way Onkelos translates it) would seem to...

Parashat Toldot – This World Is A Means, Not An End

…וַיֹּאמֶר עֵשָׂו אֶל יַעֲקֹב הַלְעִיטֵנִי נָא מִן הָאָדֹם הָאָדֹם הַזֶּה And Esav said to Yaakov, “Pour [into] me some of this red, red stuff…” – ● Don’t always believe yourself that you’re a Tzaddik. Try an occasional objective reality check to confirm if your actions are holding where your head is. – Esav was returning...

Parashat Toldot – Torah, Tefilah, And Mitzvot

וְיָדוֹ אֹחֶזֶת בַּעֲקֵב עֵשָׂו And his hand was holding on to Esav’s heel – ● Torah and Tefilah are our only defenses against a physically stronger opponent. – Yitzchak gets married, and after much prayer Rivka finally gives birth to twins, Yaakov and Esav. The Passuk tells us that in the womb they were already...

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