Nov 29, 2020
Nov 22, 2020
Raize Guttman 11-22-20 (6 Kislev 5781)
Parsha Toldot - Chapter 27 - Verses 14 -22
Raize Guttman 11-15-20 (29 Cheshvan 5781)
Parsha Toldot - Chapter 27- Verses 4 -13
Nov 8, 2020
Raize Guttman 11-08-20 (21 Cheshvan 5781)
Parsha Toldot - Chapter 27 Verse 3
We are getting into the fascinating story when Yitzhak calls in Esav to bless him. We know that Rivka overhears and she quickly tells Yaakov to go and prepare food and take the brachas away from Esav. Raize also follows up on a question posed by our GEM sister Jennifer, "Why do great people like Yitzhak and Rivka deserve to have a wicked son like Esav?" In Verse 3, Yitzhak tells Esav to go and sharpen your tools, go hunt for me and bring back food. Make sure that everything is going to be 100% correctly in koshering this animal. Make sure that the animal that you take should be ownerless. Yitzahk is laying down the rules. It sounds like there is a hesitation on Yitzhak part, it seemed he trusted Esav, but on the the other hand, he keeps warning him that the animal should be 100% kosher. If Yitzhak is such a great tzadick, then why does he want the food to give him a blessing? It is about physicality, does not sound like the stature of a tzadik like Yitzahk. Esav was a rasha, but the Zohar says that no one in the entire world honored his father greater than him. His Kibud av (honor of his father) was in the food and Yitzhak could taste it.
Baruch Dayan Ha Emet. Our learning today is dedicated to 2 major Rabbinim who were niftar on this past Shabbos (20 Cheshvan), HaRav David Feinstein zt"l (Posek Hador; a Halachic genius) and HaRav Lord Ya’akov Zvi ben David Arieh zt"l (who inspired a new generation of Jewish leaders and deepened the conversation between Torah and the wisdom of the world). They are a huge loss for Klal Yisroel and to the World. May they continue to lead us and guide us to coming of Moshiach. And in memory of Zelda Bas Ariyeh Leib zt"l (Andrea's beloved Mother). May their neshamas have an aliyah. We also share this class in the merit of Avigdor Guttman's Birthday!
Nov 5, 2020
Raize Guttman 11-01-20 (14 Cheshvan 5781)
Parsha Toldot Chapter 26 - Verses 34 Chapter 27 Verses 1-2 A person is who they really want to be. Maybe they didn’t get there yet, but slowly slowly with baby steps you can get there. That really who you are in Hashem’s eye. If a man dies without suffering in this word, he has no atonement, and he will be judged with strict justice in the next world. So our Avos asked for something to overcome. ie: before Avraham there was no old age, so Avraham pleaded with Hashem that when people get old they should look old. Rashi mentions that Midrash says that there are 7 things that a person does not know and are concealed from them in their lifetime for their benefit.
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