Posts tagged Isaac

Tol’dot (Descendents)

Tol'dot

Genesis 25:19 to 28:9 This week we have two story lines – the story of Isaac’s twin sons – Jacob and Esau… and the story of Isaac and his wife Rebekah where Rebekah shares, and ultimately sets, the future course of the Jewish people. I would like to base my comments this week on two […]

Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah)

Chayei Sarah

Genesis 23:1 to 25:18 After the near-sacrifice of Isaac and the death of Isaac’s mother Sarah, Abraham decides it is time to find a wife for Isaac. Abraham’s servant is sent to back to the homeland of Abraham and Sarah to find the ideal bride. The title of the parsha is “The Life of Sarah;” […]

Vayeira – Torah In Haiku

Akedah

WHERE DID ISAAC GO … WHEN THE AKEDAH ENDED? … TO HIS FAMILY —–   The last mention of Isaac during the akedah comes as Abraham prepares his son for sacrifice: Genesis 22:9-10 They arrived at the place of which God had told him. Abraham built an altar there; he laid out the wood; he […]

Va-y’chi (And he lived)

A look at the book of Genesis

Genesis 47:28 to 50:26 As finish the book of Genesis, I look back at the major people we have observed and see what we can learn from their lives. This week’s parsha begins with these words: “Jacob lived in the land of Egypt for 17 years; Jacob’s days – the years of his life – […]

Tol’dot (Records)

Genesis 25:19 to 28:9   Isaac and Rebekah represent the Second Generation. Many commentators feel Isaac is only a link between Abraham and Jacob. However, given that Isaac and his wife keep the faith alive to pass on to the next generation, they both are important. Following are the opening words of this parsha: “This […]

Chayei Sarah (Life of Sarah)

Cave of Machbpelah

Genesis 23:1 to 25:18 Even though the first words of this week’s text tell of Sarah’s death, the entire portion tells how the actions of Abraham continue the lifelong work of his wife, Sarah. “Sarah lived to be one hundred years and twenty years and seven years. Sarah died in Kiriatharba (that is Hebron) in […]

Vayeira – Torah In Haiku

Hineini - I am here

    G-d says: Abraham … Abraham says: Hineini … I’m here, I’m ready — Isaac says: Father … Abraham says: Hineini … I’m here, I’m ready — Angel: Abraham … Abraham says: Hineini … I’m here, I’m ready — When G-d commands Abraham to sacrifice his son (Genesis 22:1), when Isaac calls his father […]

Va-y’chi (And he lived)

Va-y’chi (And he lived)

Va-y’chi – Genesis 47:28 to 50:26:  With this text we finish Genesis. Looking back, it seems that the development of the characters can be compared to an individual growing from infancy to adulthood…. From Adam and Eve taking direction and punishment from God to Jacob -actually fighting with God… and Joseph, like a young adult, on […]

Tol’dot (Ancestral Line)

Tol’dot (Ancestral Line)

Tol’dot-Genesis 25:10-28:9: In a short 35 verses we are told the life of Isaac. The fact that it closely parallels Abraham’s life, hints that he is following the same traditions and continuing his beliefs into a 2nd generation.——————– The parsha begins “This is the line of Isaac son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac. Isaac was […]

Chayei Sarah (Life of Sarah)

Chayei Sarah (Life of Sarah)

Chayei Sarah – Genesis 23:1 to 25:18: The title of this reading is “Life of Sarah,” but her death is noted in the first line. Why does the title indicate she lives? And why is most of the text about Abraham, Isaac, and Isaac’s future wife, Rebekah? —————— “Sarah lived to be 127 years old – […]

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