Of all the things a child receives at birth, the purity of a newborn soul is without question the most important.
Our children will be guarantors. According to a midrash, that is the promise God exacted for giving the Torah to the Jewish people.
The Torah devotes only one short chapter to Isaac's adult years, and in many ways the highlights of Genesis 26 are but a "digging up" of stories we already know from Abraham's lifetime.
L'dor vador nagid godlecha ... "From generation to generation, we will tell of Your greatness..."
Who was Isaac? Beyond identifying him as the second of our three Patriarchs, the Torah offers few insights into Isaac's life or thoughts.
The Book of Genesis is full of unethical behavior or, at the least, highly questionable actions by our matriarchs and patriarchs.
Our daily prayers include a remembrance of the parents of the Jewish people, the patriarchs and matriarchs through whose merit we try to gain some favor in our own lives.
This week's Torah portion begins with the phrase, V'eileh toldot Yitzchak ben Avraham, "This is the line of Isaac son of Abraham" (Genesis 25:19), indicating that the text is now going to
I am grateful to Rabbi Kadden for so artfully bringing Isaac's character into focus, though I am still deeply troubled by the dysfunctional family cycle that Isaac and Rebekah perpetuate in this we
The adult life of Isaac is chronicled in Parashat Toldot. He marries Rebekah, and after 20 childless years they become parents to twin boys, Esau and Jacob.
Water is life. Our bodies are mostly water; our planet is able to sustain life largely because of its abundant supply of water.
While thinking about this week's parashah, I was reminded of the decoder rings my brother often found in the Frosted Flakes or Rice Krispies box.
To'dot is a parashah of stories.
In this week's parashah, Tol'dot, the well-known story of Jacob and Esau is interrupted by the lesser-known account of Isaac in Gerar.