Parshas Toldos – The Olah Temima of Yitzchok

Download as Word The Pasuk says, “And I will remember the covenant of Yakov, and even the covenant of Yitzchok, and the covenant of Avrohom I will remember.” Chazal say [1] that the word ‘remember’ is missing by Yitzchok, since it is as if his ashes are gathered up and remain on the Mizbeach. Therefore,…

Parshas Chayei Sarah – Be’er Lachai Roi

This week’s Parsha is the transition from the era of Avrohom to that of Yitzchok. Sarah passes away, and is buried, Yitzchok finds his partner (his other half in Avodas HaShem); the passing of Avrohom, and the choosing of Yitzchok as heir. At the end of the Parsha, Avrohom designates Yitzchok as his continuation, and…

Parshas VaYera – The Laughter of Yitzchok

Download as Word Yitzchok is aptly named for laughter. From when his impending birth is first mentioned, till his weaning, there is laughter. When Avrohom is informed of his upcoming birth, he laughs[1]. When Sarah hears that she will bear a child, she also laughs[2]. When he is born, Avrohom names him after the laughter[3].…

Parshas Lech Lecha – The Chastising of Hagar

Download as Word One of the more enigmatic events of Avrohom Avinu’s life is when he allows Sarah to cast out Hagar. Sarah after years of barrenness, decides that she will give her maidservant Hagar, to Avrohom, and through her they will have a child. When Hagar immediately becomes pregnant, Sarah’s becomes diminished in her…

Parshas Noach – The Dove and Raven

Download as Word The end of the Mabul is when HaShem commands Noach to leave the Teivah. But Noach desires to know when the waters have receded and the land is dry. Just as when the world was created, the waters needed to be contained and the dry land appear, so too by the Mabul…