Posts tagged Rebekah

Tol’dot (Descendents)


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;” […]

Tol’dot – Torah in Haiku


​ Rebekah, pregnant … Twin sons struggle inside her … “Why do I exist?” — Soon enough, she knows … G-d says Jacob will prevail … Mom must make it so — As she feels her unborn sons fighting in her womb, Rebekah wonders “If this is so, why do I exist?” (Genesis 25:22). G-d […]

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 […]

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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