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Digging Deeper (Toldot)

Preview: Almost word-for-word, the blessing Yitzchak receives before moving to Gerar is the blessing his father received following akedat Yitzchak. Some thoughts on how that blessing materialized during Yitzchak’s stay with Avimelech – and how the literary legacy of the akedah illustrates that true sacrifice never really ends.

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On Second Glance (Chayei Sarah)

Preview: On the parallels between Avraham’s conflict with Avimelech and Avraham’s search for a daughter-in-law.

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Unfinished Business (Chayei Sarah)

Preview: Avraham’s last request of Yitzchak tasks the son with upholding an ideal that the father himself did not uphold. This, in fact, is part of a larger pattern of similar deathbed requests in Tanach. What gives?

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