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Isaac: (a) (1713-1533 BCE) Second of the three Patriarchs, son of Abraham and Sarah, husband of Rebecca, father of Jacob and Esau. First to be circumcised when eight days old. Readily accompanied his father to be sacrificed at the “Binding of Isaac.” Primarily occupied himself with digging wells. (b) A common Jewish name.
Abraham and Isaac: Two Paradigms in Influence and Outreach
They both served G‑d with all their hearts and souls, but they possessed different hearts and different souls. Their roles and destinies, as well, couldn’t have been more different.
Abraham and Ishmael, Abraham and Isaac--a study in the difference between likeness and semblance
Love for G-d is limited by its own size. When we confront an obstacle greater than our love, we need something stronger to catapult us. Isaac's abnegation of self and strict code of obedience shifted his focus from himself onto G-d. Thus he was able to "u...
Who was Isaac? Even in Toldot, the only Parshah devoted primarily to Isaac’s 180 years, we are hard-pressed to find some clues to his identity and personality.
Parshat Toldot speaks of how Isaac blessed Jacob, "May G‑d (haElokim) give you from the dew of the heavens and the fat of the land, and abundance of grain and wine." Genesis 27:28. Most of the blessings given to Abraham and Isaac are given with the name H...
In this week’s parshah, Toldot, we read about Isaac’s life after the passing of his father, Abraham. A big emphasis is put on the fact that he dug wells. First, he unearthed the wells that his father had originally dug, but the locals had filled. Then he ...
Why id Isaac love Esau? Did he not know about Rebecca’s oracle?
All Jews are well-diggers, even today. Whatever you do for your physical livelihood and your spiritual livelihood, all depends on digging lasting wells...
Some of us thrive as a result of a challenging environment—our struggles refine our characters and make us even greater people. And sometimes, no matter what we do, we cannot seem to rise above the circumstances of our birth . . .
You need to pick a spot and stick with it. You can’t stop boring when you hit a rocky stretch, and you can’t take the work home with you.
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