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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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