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Isaac, Joy or Restraint?

The different character traits of our patriarch Yitzchak

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Isaac, Joy or Restraint?: The different character traits of our patriarch Yitzchak

The very name Yitzchok (Isaac) means joy. Yet Yitzchok is classically described as personifying the properties of discipline, awe and strict justice. How are we to reconcile these contrasting attributes and what is the lesson for our personal lives? (Likutei Sichos vol. 30)
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Moishe New November 1, 2021

Thank you - Rachelle. And very belatedly - Nick and Janice :) Reply

Rachelle Singer Pittsburgh November 1, 2021

Rabbi New...language is at times so limited and confining when the heart is bursting and tears are flowing with joy...this is how it is to listen to you teach about Parsha Toldos in particular. As usual, the depth and richness of your words require at least 2-3 listens...and so I hope to do and be prepared for Shabbos Toldos when it comes. Thank you again and much love to you and those who love you. Reply

Nick Las Vegas December 8, 2016

Wow! Love and discipline which is greater, hard food for the reader. Cool way of explaining the relationship of both. I'm encouraged Reply

Janice November 19, 2014

Joy My own father was like this; because of the properties of dicipline (training, self contain, and able to train others) and strick justice; he provide a fence of safety around us; satety; that we maybe free from fear; and full of joy. So it Ias not so much that my father was "joyful' but he provided a safe area for us to be of joy.

Sir by the way you are one of my favorite teachers. I appreciate your voice and the manner in which to tell the story. If I were in your classroom; I'd bring you an apple. Reply

This class analyzes an aspect of the weekly Torah portion or upcoming holiday. While providing a basic understanding of the subject matter, the lesson delves into its deeper and more complex dimensions with emphasis on the spiritual relevance to our daily lives. Inspiration for both the novice and advanced student.
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