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Predestined to Fail

Our children will be guarantors. According to a midrash, that is the promise God exacted for giving the Torah to the Jewish people.

D'var Torah By: 
Digging Wells and Planting Seeds
Davar Acher By: 
Josh Davidson

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.

Helicopter Parents and the Jewish Future

The Book of Genesis is full of unethical behavior or, at the least, highly questionable actions by our matriarchs and patriarchs.

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The Vision and Image of Isaac
Davar Acher By: 
David Komerofsky

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.

Isaac: Why Is This Patriarch Different from All Other Patriarchs?

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

D'var Torah By: 
Breaking the Cycle of Family Dysfunction
Davar Acher By: 
Rebekah Stern

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

Digging Our Parents' Wells

Water is life. Our bodies are mostly water; our planet is able to sustain life largely because of its abundant supply of water.

D'var Torah By: 
Parashat Tol'dot
Davar Acher By: 
Lesley Litman

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.


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