Tag Archives: Jacob and Esau

Toldot: Inquiring of God

There are a times when a mother doesn’t need any kind of intermediary to ask for help.  Hagar didn’t need one when she was watching her son Ishmael die in the wilderness after having been sent away by Abraham, at … Continue reading

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Vayishlach: Wrestling or embracing God?

Jacob is a guy known for struggling.  He struggled before he was born.  In his mother’s womb, he and his twin brother Esau were an active pair – they made their mother’s pregnancy miserable.  When he was born, literally holding … Continue reading

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Toldot – Beware the helicopter parent

I have two daughters in college.  As they each entered university, orientation leaders warned us  against becoming the dreaded, “helicopter parent”, that mother or father who hovered over the newly launched co-ed.  Now, I had long internalized my sister’s axiom … Continue reading

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