Toldot – Reason or Commitment

Toldot – Reason or Commitment

Why circumcise a child at 8 days?  Should we not wait till the child attains the age of reason and make decisions then?  Commitment goes beyond reason. It is the axiomatic bond that underlies the relationship, not reason. The baby, at 8 days, commits to G-d.

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Toldot – Out of Sight & Mind

Toldot – Out of Sight & Mind

There is a saying, out of sight out of mind. Never did this adage apply more than with pregnancy. For so long we believed that the child’s is only influenced environmentally at birth. Now we know much better – influence begins well before, even from earliest stages of gestation. Paediatric medical journals are replete with

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Toldot – See Your Strengths

Toldot – See Your Strengths

Two more sons with contrasting characters is the theme of this week’s Parsha, Toldot. Yaakov and Eisav are as different from each other as two brothers can be. One is fast-living larrikin who enjoys the sensory pleasures of life – including food (to the extent that he sell his birthright to his brother for a

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Toldot – The Struggle Between Self-Concern and Altruism

Toldot – The Struggle Between Self-Concern and Altruism

Rivka is pregnant with twins and she senses a mighty battle taking place within her womb between her two babies to be. Kabbala explains this as pointing to the conflict each one of us encounters within – the Nefesh Elokit and the Nefesh behamit – self centeredness and other centeredness. One was the reincarnation of

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