Parashah Roundup: Toldos 5771

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by Steve Brizel (rerunning last year’s roundup due to computer problems)

Yitzchak and Rivkah, Yaakov and Esau

  • R Michael Rosensweig and R Avraham Gordimer explore the legacy of Yitzchak Avinu: link 1, link 2
  • R Ezra Bick discusses where Yitzchak and Rivkah differed in how the Birkas Avraham would be transmitted and the significance of Yitzchak’s blindness: link 1, link 2
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores why Yitzchak favored Esau and why Rivkah loved Yaakov: link
  • R Mordechai Willig, based upon the teachings of R Samson Raphael Hirsch, ZL, and Mishlei 22:6, reminds us that each child must be brought up in his or her way: link
  • R David Horwitz, based on Midrashim quoted by R Kasher ZL in Torah Shelemah, Abarbanel and the Beer Mayim Tovim, analyzes the personalities of Yaakov and Esau: link
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  • R Zev Leff analyzes whether the clash between Yaakov and Esau was an example of predestined behavior: link
  • R Berel Wein discusses how Yaakov and Esau can coexist peacefully: link
  • R Yissocher Frand demonstrates how Yitzchak strived to keep the traditions of Avraham alive: link
  • R Shlomoh Riskin, based upon the Netziv’s comments on their initial meeting, examines the lives of Yitzchak and Rivkah, and how it affected their relationships with Yaakov and Esau: link
  • R Ephraim Buchwald, based upon the comments of Ralbag, Abarbanel, and Akedas Yitzchak , as well as the opposing views of Chasidim and Misnagdim, discusses whether a Tzadik has Divine power to bestow blessings on others: link
  • R Sir Jonathan Sacks explains why Yaakov did not receive the name Yisrael until after a struggle at night: link
  • R Yaakov Neuberger reminds us that the yeshiva and the home are the two tents of education: link
  • R Dr. David Berger discuses Jacob/Israel, Esau/Edom and the True Israel in the Jewish-Christian Debate: link (audio)
  • Rebbitzen Smadar Rosensweig discusses the interrelationship of the Avos and Imahos: link (audio)
  • Avraham, Yitzchak , Yaakov and the wells

  • The Nesivos Shalom, as elucidated by R Yitzchak Etshalom, explains why Avraham dug wells, and Yitzchak reopened the wells, but Yaakov did not dig wells on his own: link
  • R Eytan Feiner explores the roles of Avraham and Yitzchak and how they are related to Pesach and Shavuos: link
  • R Baruch Simon examines the digging and reopening of the wells by Avraham and Yitzchak: link (audio)
  • R Ephraim Buchwald reminds us that Jewish history has a way of repeating itself, especially in the environments thought to be the most hospitable to Jewish survival: link
  • Esau’s Sale of the Bchorah

  • R Asher Weiss and R Yonasan Sacks discuss Kinyan Davar Shelo Bo Lolam and the Sale of the Bchorah: link (audio), link
  • R Aharon Lichtenstein explains why Esau despised the birthright: link
  • The Avos and their observance of the Mitzvos

  • R Avishai David and R Michoel Zylberman discuss the Ramban’s commentary on Breishis 26:5: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • The hands are the hands of Esau , but the voice is the voice of Yaakov

  • R Asher Brander explains why Yitzchak asked Esau to hunt game for him: link
  • Rosh Chodesh and Kiddush HaChodesh

  • R Hershel Schachter and R Yonasan Sacks discuss the Mitzvah of Kiddush HaChodesh and the Tefilos of Rosh Chodesh: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • Shoalim Vdorshim Department

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZTL discusses the theological and philosophical underpinnings of Chanukah and Al HaNisim: link (audio)
  • R Hershel Schachter explains the relationship between Chanukah and the Beis HaMikdash: link (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks discusses various aspects of Hilcos Chanukah: link (audio)
  • R Noach Issac Oelbaum , R Baruch Simon and R David Brodsky discuses Hilcos Chanukah: link 1 (video), link 2 (audio), link 3
  • R Dovid Gottlieb discusses the issues involved in using an electric Menorah on Channukah: 2010-11-03
  • About Gil Student

    Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

    One comment

    1. The sh’va under the lamed in the name of this week’s parsha is “na”. So you should call this “parshas Toledos” or “tol’dos”

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