Thursday, November 27, 2008

Parashah Roundup: Toldos 5769

by Steve Brizel

The Negative Impact of Cynicism

  • R. Yissocher Frand suggests that we should work on avoiding the destructive power of thinking in a cynical manner: link

  • The Wells of Avraham and Yitzchak
  • R. Yitzchak Adlerstein, based upon the Nesivos Shalom, explains why the Phillistines did not disturb the wells that were reopened by Yitzchak: link

  • The Tefilos of Yitzchak and Rivkah
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald, based upon a comment of Rashi and the view of the Malbim, explores why Yitchak's tefilah for Rivkah to have children was answered: link

  • Click here to read moreThe Blindness of Yitzchak
  • R. Ezra Bick, based on approaches rooted in both Pshat and Drush, explores the blindness of Yitzchak: link
  • R. Berel Wein, R. Michael Rosensweig and R. Mordechai Willig warn us that one cannot educate children with different educational needs and abilities in the same manner: link 1, link 2, link 3
  • R. Asher Weiss and R. Dovid Gottlieb explores the halachic obligations of the blind: link 1, link 2 (audio)

  • Yaakov and Esau
  • R. Yaakov Medan, based upon varying Midrashic traditions, investigates the personality of Esau: link
  • R. Avigdor Nevenzal and R. Joshua Hoffman, based upon the teachings of both Nechama Leibovits, Zicronah Livracha, and R. Yeruchem of Mir, zt"l, shows us that Esau lacked a consistency between his heart and mouth: link 1, link 2
  • R. Herschel Shachter explains the fundamental and immutable differences between Yaakov and Esau: link

  • Yitzchak, Rivkah, Yaakov and Esau
  • R. Yitzchak Etshalom suggests why Rivkah favored Yaakov: link 1, link 2
  • R. Shlomo Riskin explains that the essence of the dissagreement between Yitzchak and Rivkah was rooted in the unity of the birthright and the blessings of Avraham: link

  • Esau and the Birthright
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein reminds us that one cannot approach Avodas HaShem with the attitude of “what's in it for me?” or with the view that it is a privilege, as opposed to a sacred responsibility: link 1, link 2

  • The Torah and the Avos
  • R. Menachem Liebtag and R. Michoel Zylberman discuss which Mitzvos the Avos observed: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)

  • Yitzchak's Brachah
  • R. Baruch Simon investigates the Bracha of Yitzchak: link (audio)
  • R. Jonathan Sacks reminds us that the blessings given to Yaakov and Esau cannot be reduced to being chosen and unchosen: link

  • Averah Lishmah
  • R. Asher Weiss discusses when one may apply the concept of an Averah Lishmah: link

  • Last year's roundup: link

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