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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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Willful Blindness (Vayera)

Preview: On the theme of “seeing”/”sight” in our parshah – and why Avimelech plays a much more central role in the story of Avraham and of his descendants than we typically appreciate.

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Out of the Ark (Shemini)

Preview: Does this week’s haftarah, which re-tells how David moved the aron to Yerushalayim, contain hidden references to the Plishtim?

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Hey There Delilah (Nasso)

Preview: Shimson, Avshalom, parallels between them, and the pitfalls of nezirut.

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