In Parshat Toldot, Rebecca gives birth to twin boys, Jacob and Esau. Jacob was a gentle and serious child, who spent his time studying. Esau was wild and spends his time hunting. How could the righteous Isaac and Rebecca parent Esau, who was so inclined toward evil? The belief is that Esau was born
Parshat Chayei Sarah begins with the death of Sarah and then continues to speak about how Abraham sends his loyal servant Eliezer, to find a wife for Isaac. Abraham tells Eliezer that she must be a kind person. Eliezer travels to Charan and meets Rebecca. She returns with Eliezer to marry Isaac.
This parshah is full of profound parenting lessons. Abraham sent away both Ishmael (his son) and Ishmael’s mother, Hagar. Though it “greatly distressed” Abraham, he listens to Sarah and sends his own son away. Abraham’s childrearing priorities are praised by G-d Himself when
Early in this Parshah, there are hints that Lot (Abram’s nephew) is on a different spiritual level than Abram. We are told that “Abram went as Hashem had spoken to him, and Lot went with him.” There is no indication of Abram embracing the fatherless Lot as an immediate family membe
Parshat Noah tells us the story of the Great Flood. There are important parenting lessons in this parshah. At the opening of the parshah, we are told that Noah was a “righteous man, perfect in his generations; Noah walked with G-d.” Later on, one of Noah’s children sodomizes and ca
Dearest Angels: When I started my medical practice in 1986, my plan was to work until old age, caring for multiple generations of patients. It was not meant to be. Due to illness, I am now retired. This is not how or why I planned on ending my career, and I greatly regret that I […]