This week features:
Of Blessings, Curses, and Destiny Hanging in the Balance
Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood: Yaakov & Esav at the Crossroads of Humanity
“The children agitated within her, and she said, ‘If so, why am I thus?’ And she went to inquire of Hashem. And Hashem said to her: ‘Two nations are in your womb; two regimes from your insides shall be separated; the might shall pass from one regime to the other, and the elder shall serve the younger’.” (Gen. 25:22)
Yitzchak’s soulmate, the righteous matriarch Rivkah, was baffled by the drama taking place within her womb… a veritable battle of opposing forces that seemed to be pitted against each other in a fight to the death. She was soon to realize that she was host to no ordinary struggle, but rather, bearing the precursor to a reality that would soon shake the very foundations of this world. For Yaakov and Esav are diametrically opposed forces, and the fate of all mankind – indeed, the ultimate redemption itself – hangs in the balance of their conflict, a conflict being played out today. Join Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman for a riveting edition of “Temple Talk” as they explore the mysteries of Parashat Toldot, and ponder the universal and contemporary implications posed by the seemingly inexplicable, age-old questions in this mystifying Torah portion.