Parshat Toldot – Don’t Leave!

Rabbi Asher Altshul Former Shaliach in Manhattan (1997-98), certified tour guide and teacher in Yeshivat Orayta, Jerusalem   One of the first trials of Avraham was when he first entered the land. Drought and famine, forced him and his household to descend to...

Less is More -5769

Avichai Cohen Memphis 2009   About three years ago I was in the middle of my training period in the army. The training period is divided into two parts: the first months are called “Tironut” in which you learn how the army works and acquire basic...

Yitzchak’s Approach – 5769

Rabbi Harel Gordon Former Rosh Kollel in New York   This week’s parsha linksthe ra’av (famine) which prevails in Eretz Yisrael during Yitzchak’s time to the ra’av which occurred in Avraham’s time: “Aside from the first famine that had been in the days of...

A Great Trembling – 5768

Rabbi Dror Berma Former Rosh Kollel in London (2000-2002)   Our parsha relates how Rivka instructs Yaakov to disguise himself in order to receive the bracha which Yitzchak had intended to bestow upon Esav. When Yaakov leaves and Esav subsequently enters in order...

The Jacob Mindset – 5767

Rabbi Eliad Skuri Former Rosh Kollel in Kansas City   We find a unique and interesting halakhah in the laws concerning converts: When someone comes to convert, we ask him, “Why do you wish to convert? Don’t you know that the Jewish people are pushed around and...

Therefore He Was Called Edom – 5766

In this week’s Torah portion, the Torah tells us about the origin of Esau’s name, Edom(Red). Esau returns from the field thirsty (the expression ayef in Scripture refers both to exhaustion and thirst). Jacob cooks soup and Esau requests, “Give me...

The Challenges of Tzadikim – 5675

This week’s Parshah opens with the words, “And these are the generations of Yitzchak the son of Avraham, Avraham fathered Yitzchak.” All of the commentators ask the meaning of the Torah’s words, after all if these are the generations of Yitzchak the son of Avraham,...