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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?
Preview: Noach’s parshah begins the same way Yitzchak’s does: אלה תולדות נח vs. אלה תולדות יצחק. But Noach’s parshah is traditionally called “Noach” while Yitzchak’s is traditionally called “Generations.” Why? Exploring the surprising parallels (and “anti-parallels”) between these two may highlight the critical distinction between these two great men.