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Toldot Videos

Lentil Soup
Video | 4:48
Lentil Soup
Toldot Parshah Report
Is a bowl of lentil soup worth selling your birthright for? Find out in this really funny video some guys made!
Parenting Difficult Children
Why Isaac loved his wicked son Esau
Torah in Ten: Toldot
Topics include: Rebecca’s pregnancy, Jacob and Esau as reincarnations of Cain and Abel, why Jacob carried the fragrance of the Garden of Eden.
Mayanot Moment - Toldot
The relationship between Abraham and Isaac as embodiments of love and fear teaches us the proper emotional balance in our relationship with G-d. Presenter: Rabbi Levenger
Toldot - Like Father Like Son
The seemingly repetitious verse "Isaac was the son of Abraham; Abraham begat Isaac" contains a secret for Jewish survival.
Are You Kosher on the Inside?
Something Spiritual on Parshat Toldot
Discover why Eisav was compared to a swine.
Do You Dig Wells?
Video | 1:55
Do You Dig Wells?
Something Spiritual on Parshat Toldot
Be a Strong Link in the Generational Chain
Something Spiritual on Parshat Toldot
Parents and children should both have nachas and Jewish joy from each other.
Look Deep Inside
Video | 3:30
Look Deep Inside
Growing Weekly: Parshat Toldot
If G-d Loves Me, Why So Many Rules?
A case study of identical twins provides perspective
Why is it so important to perform all the details of halachah in such an exacting manner? Should not the focus merely be about our sense of devotion and love and care for one another? A deeper look into the genetic makeup and rivalry of the identical twins Yaakov and Eisav offers insight into this matter. (A lecture at the Jewish Women’s Retreat in Toronto in 2015)
Giving Tithes
Video | 45:00
Giving Tithes
Practical Parshah - Toldot
Emulating our forefather Isaac's financial success and how he apportioned his wealth to tzedakah—charity.
Esau's Wife, Righteous or Wicked?
Parshah Toldot
Esau married his uncle Ishmael's daughter Machalat. Was Machalat righteous or wicked? Scripture gives us evidence to argue both ways.
The Battle in the Womb
Parsha Toldot
Jacob and Esau wrestled with each-other while yet in their mother's womb. Their struggle, explain our Sages, was over possession of both this world – the physical, and the hereafter – the spiritual. But why the battle over both worlds?! Jacob desires the world of holiness and spirituality and Esau the sensual, material world. So what's to fight about? Each to his own! (Likutei Sichos vol 20)
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)
Severe Blessings
Video | 40:00
Severe Blessings
The mystical dimension of Yitzchak’s awesome blessings
When Yitzchak bestows the blessing of the first-born, rather than invoking the name of G-d associated with mercy and benevolence, he invokes the name of G-d associated with judgment and severity. This class will explain this oddity and offers an encouraging message for our times.
The Non-Identical Twins
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Toldot
This portion begins with the verse, “These (Jacob and Esau) are the offspring of Yitzchak" but the Hebrew word for offspring (toldot) is missing a letter vav. Also, when it says that Rebecca is pregnant with twins, the Hebrew word for twins (te'omim) is missing a letter aleph.
Free Choice vs. Destiny
How to Study Torah - Toldot
The Torah records minute details about Rebecca’s first and only pregnancy. Did her twin sons, Jacob and Esau, have free choice to become who they wanted to be or were their personalities predestined from the womb?
Parsha Gems: Toldot
Video | 44:31
Parsha Gems: Toldot
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Parshah Insights: Toldot
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Mnemonics: Toldot
Decoding the hidden messages
The parsha of Toldot contains 106 verses and the mnemonic for it is the word ‘ulo’ (yoke). Explore the coded message in the mnemonic and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah.
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