Among the most exquisite stories in all of Tanach is Genesis 27, Isaac's blessing of Jacob. In this essay I wish to highlight the artistry of this author.
Dr. Aaron masterfully and elegantly outlines the literary and artistic setup of Parashat Tol'dot, arguably one of the most gripping tales in the Torah.
The Torah has a way of conveying great drama in concise language.
Two girls from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania were nervously riding a New York City subway. They relaxed when seeing a familiar sight. Upon spotting a Chasid one whispered to the other, "'Look!
"The children pressed against each other [vayitrotz'tzu] inside her" (Genesis 25:22).
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.
We've come to think of the twins Jacob and Esau as yin and yang, good guy and bad seed. But if we read the story with more sensitivity, we will note that neither character plays strictly to type.
Parenting 101: If you have a favorite child, don't let your children know it.
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.