5780 — Toldot: Can We Find a Way to Live with Tensions

Posted by Meir Schweiger on November 24, 2019
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Bereishit (Genesis), Torah, Toldot

The opening verse of parsha Toldot highlights that Isaac is the son of Abraham, which is unnecessary. Rashi comments that this statement draws our attention to how events in Isaac’s life mirror those of Abraham’s. In this podcast, Rabbi Meir Schweiger focuses on one of the parallels: Avraham has two sons – Ishmael and Isaac; Isaac has two sons – Esau and Jacob. Rabbi Schweiger examines how the tensions between each pair of sons ultimately leads to the falling apart of their respective families. The podcast concludes by showing how Jacob learns from the mistakes of his predecessors and somehow maintains the unity of the family.

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Credits
Rabbi Meir Schweiger – Faculty Host for Pardes from Jerusalem
Larry Kluger – Creative Consultant
Arlene Harel – Production Coordinator
Adam Titcher – Executive Producer and Director of Digital Media

About Meir Schweiger

Meir teaches Chumash, Parshat HaShavua, Mishna, Talmud, Halakha, Siddur and Interpersonal Relations at Pardes. Meir came on aliya in 1972 from “the Bronx”, NY, immediately after graduating from City College in New York with a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. He did his advanced Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshivat Har Etzion, receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg of Jerusalem. He received his M.Ed in Teaching Bible from the Herzog College in Gush Etzion.Click here to read more.

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