Instantaneous-ism – 5777

Rabbi Eldad Zamir Former shaliach in Cape Town (1997 -1998) Currently Senior Instructor at the Nativ ’Giyur” program in the IDF   Instantaneous-ism Joe is having a mid-life crisis, so he decides to try enrolling in a monastery. When he arrives, they inform him of...

The Nation of Our Avot

Rav Avraham Norin Ram at the Machon Meir Conversion Center   What is a nation? According to the Oxford Dictionary a nation is: “a large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language inhabiting a particular state or territory.”...

Standing Strong with Israel

Zeev Schwartz Executive Director, Torah MiTzion   Parshat Toldot emphasizes the divide between Yitzchak and Rivka’s twins, Esav and Yaakov. The Halacha that Esav hates Yaakov is unfortunately kept alive throughout the generations. Today we are faced with a...

Parshat Toldot

Roi Peretz Former Bachur in YU Torah Mitzion Kollel of Chicago   “And her days to give birth were completed; and behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first one emerged ruddy, entirely like a mantle of hair; and they named him Esav. And afterwards,...

Avraham, Avimelech, And Yitzchak

Our parasha this week contains all the stories told in the Torah about Yitzchak Avinu. The Torah tells us very little about Yitzchak, and in fact, all the events involving him appear in a single chapter (26). Immediately after this chapter, it is Yaakov who takes...

The Power of Combined Prayer

Mordechai Ben Attar Montreal 2004   “Yitzchak petitioned Hashem opposite his wife, for she was barren; and Hashem answered him… “The Gemara in Masechet Sukka (14) comments that the word used for “petition” in this pasuk, “vayetar,”...

Yitzchak’s Justice

Rabbi Raphael Katz Johannesburg 2004   The Gmara in Shabbat 89b relates a discussion that will take place leatid lavo, in a future time, between G-d and the Avot. G-d is presented as confronting each of the Avot, with His dilemma of the Jewish People’s...

Being Right AND Doing Justice

Avdiel Gross Montreal 2003   In our Parasha we encounter Yaacov and Esav. Our Sages teach us that Yaacov was a Tzadik and Esav was a Rasha, so when we are finally told how Yaacov stole the blessings from his brother, we are not shocked and we don´t feel Yaacov...