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T'ruah condemns today's murderous attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem. We are horrified by all such acts of violence, especially when the targets are in the act of prayer in their house of worship. We call on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to immediately work together to create a Jerusalem that is safe and healthy for all her inhabitants, where all can pray peacefully "and there will be none to make them afraid." (Micah 4:4)
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A d'var Torah for Parashat Toldot by Rabbinical Student Sarah Mulhern
I've always felt a little bad for Yitzchak Avinu. He perennially seems to be in somebody else's shadow. In Parashiot Lech Lecha, Vayera, and Chayei Sarah, he is a plot device in the story of Avraham and Sarah, more an idea - the promise of a child and heir, the threat of his being taken away - than a character. In most of this week's Parshah, Toldot, and in Parshiot Vayetzeh and Vayishlach, he is a pawn in the story of his son Yaakov - an elderly father to be manipulated, separated from, and reunited with, but not an active character in his own right.
In fact, we really only have one chapter - in contrast to roughly ten each for Avraham and Yaacov - that is genuinely about Yitzchak. And what does Yitzchak do in that chapter? Repeatedly relive Avraham's stories. Confronted with the same challenges which Avraham faced, he seems inevitably to hit on the same solutions. He gets one chapter in center stage, and he spends a significant chunk of it merely re-digging wells dug by his father, and re-giving them the same names. Poor Yitzchak.
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