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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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What’s in a Name? (Vayishlach)

Preview: Why does Yaakov ask for the angel’s “name?” The stories of Gideon and Manoach may offer some clues.

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