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The Reaction to Yitzchak and Our Tragic Loss This Week

In this week’s Torah portion, Toldot, we come across a somewhat puzzling account in the life of our patriarch, Yitzchak. The event involves a number of episodes precipitated by a famine that strikes the land of Canaan where Yitzchak lived. Hashem tells Yitzchak not to leave the land entirely as did his father, Avraham. Rather he is told to dwell …


A Student Take: Jake D. on Parashat Toldot

This week, Fischer High School senior Jake D. offers a d’var torah on parashat toldot. Parashat Toldot begins with Rebecca and Isaac praying to G-D for a child. Rebecca conceives, and near the end of her pregnancy soon feels  strong movement inside her womb.  When the kicking feels like fighting, she cries to G-d for help. He says, “Two nations …