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By: Yoni Kadish, Editor of Student Articles, 12th Grade
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“Yaakov said to his father, ‘It is I, Esav your firstborn’.” (27:19)

H
ow can Yaakov, who exemplifies truthfulness and honesty, possibly lie to Yitzchak and get him to think
that he was someone else? It seems so uncharacteristic of Yaakov to do such a thing.
Rashi explains how Yaakov chose his words very meticulously when he said, “I am Esav, your
first born”. What he really meant was “I am here bringing you food, and Esav is your first born”. However, even
though this may fit into the words of the passuk, it’s still very misleading.
R’ Tzadok Hakohen, however, gives a different pshat. Each one of our Avos exemplifies a different mid-
dah. Avraham Avinu excelled in and exemplified the middah of chessed, or kindness. Now, even though Yitzcha-
k’s middah was yirah, fear of Hashem, he still wanted to incorporate his father’s middah of chessed in order to per-
fect his own character. Therefore, when he had two sons, he named the eldest Esav, which stems from the word asi-
yah, action. Yitzchak believed that his son Esav would use his actions to perform mitzvos and acts of kindness,
(Continued on page 2)

“And Yitzchak loved Esav, because he ate his trapped game,
but Rivka loved Yaakov.” (25:28)

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here are many different explanations as to what this can mean. Among
them is the Alshich’s explanation and the Maggid of Dubno’s interpreta-
tion. According the Alshich, Yitzchak hoped to draw his disobedient son,
Esav, closer and closer little by little by sharing Esav’s trapped game and thus ex-
erting a positive influence on him. Rabbi Pavarsky tells the following story about
the Alter of Slobodka. Two brilliant young men came to study at Rav Nassan Tzvi
Finkel’s yeshivah at the same time. The first was one who was hard working and
diligent in his study of Torah, while the second talmid had a tendency to be lazy
and slack off in his studies. The Alter showered an inordinate amount of attention
on the second student, praising him and giving him all sorts of honor. However,
the Alter hardly bestowed any attention at all on the first, who was among the most
outstanding talmidim in the entire yeshiva. The first student was very hurt that the
Alter was seemingly ignoring his presence in contrast to the other, inferior student.
Once, the first student was sitting Shiva for his lost relative, and the Alter
came to pay him a call. The young man took this opportunity to inquire to the Alter
(Continued on page 2)
Did Yaakov Really Lie?
By: Shmulie Reichman, Editor of Student Articles, 12th Grade
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why he was being neglected. “According to my evaluation of
you”, replied the Alter, “you are capable of accomplishing tre-
mendous heights due to your talents and diligence alone.
Therefore when you seek attention, you are motivated by your
yetzer hara, your evil inclination. You only want me to boost
your ego, to hear me tell you words of praise that will feed your
arrogance, which I am not willing to do. It will only do you
harm and no good. However, the other fellow is drawn to dis-
tractions outside the yeshiva. Therefore, when he comes to me
for attention, he is seeking to bolster his yetzer tov and to moti-
vate himself, which I am whole heartily willing to do.” Similar-
ly, this was what Yitzchak was trying to do.
The Maggid of Dubno’s interpretation of this pasuk is
slightly different. He states that the difference between Yitzchak
and Rivka lay in their background. Esav was a fraud, an evil
man posing as a scholar interested in the finer points of law,
taking maasir (see Rashi). Yitzchak, who had been raised in the
household of Avraham Avinu and Sarah Emeinu, where emes,
truth, had been put in front of everything, was unaccustomed to
lies and more easily taken in. In contrast to Yitzchak, Rivka had
grown up in the home of Besuel and Lavan, and was no stranger
to trickery, so she was able to see right through Esav’s frauds.
(Yoni Kadish — Continued from page 1)
thereby completing the chain from grandfather to grandson.
This can also now explain why the Torah says that Yitzchak
loved Esav. It wasn't Esav himself who Yitzchak loved, but
rather who Esav was meant to become.
As time went on, it was Yaakov who ended up elevat-
ing his actions, and using them to perform mitzvos and acts of
kindness, for which he was zocheh to bear a nation that carried
his name: Bnei Yisrael. Therefore, Yaakov was in fact telling
the truth. “I am Esav” – I am the person who is embodying the
purpose of the name Esav, the purpose that you intended when
you gave Esav his name. Since I have accomplished what you
intended from your first-born, I should therefore receive the
brachos.
We all have our own purpose in life. Many of us may
often wonder to ourselves, “What is my purpose?” or “What
can I possibly accomplish?” The truth is that we all contain
within ourselves the potential and ability to grow and achieve
great things. Nonetheless, many of us can at times misuse that
potential, and subsequently miss our opportunities to grow.
May we all emulate Yaakov, and use our potential to accom-
plish greatness and perform many mitzvos and acts of kind-
ness.
(Shmulie Reichman — Continued from page 1)
Torah Teasers
By Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum, 9th Grade Rebbe

תודלות תשרפ
Questions

1. In what two contexts does the number 40 ap-
pear in the Parsha?
2. Which pasuk in this Parsha has five verbs in a
row?
3. In this Parsha we are informed of the birth of
the twins Yaakov and Esav. Which other set of
twins appears in the Torah?
4. Besides Esav, who else in Tanach is called an
“admoni” - a person with reddish complexion?
5. Who in the Torah is referred to as a firstborn
male or female? (10 answers)
6. Whose neck is mentioned in this Parsha? (2
answers)
Answers

1. Yitzchak marries Rivka at age 40 (25:20). Esav
also marries at age 40 (26:34).
2. When Esav takes the lentil soup from Yaakov,
the Torah states: “And he ate and he drank and
he got up and he went and he degraded the
birthright” (25:34).
3. Twin sons, Zerach and Peretz, were born to
Yehuda and Tamar (Bereishis 38:27).
4. When the future king, Dovid, first meets the
navi Shmuel, Dovid is described as having
“reddish complexion” (Shmuel-1 16:12).
5. Avraham’s nephew Utz (Bereishis 22:21); the
eldest daughter of Lot (Bereishis 19:31);
Naviot, the oldest son of Yishmael (Bereishis
25:13); Esav (Bereishis 27:19); Leah (Bereishis
29:26); Reuven (Bereishis 35:23); Esav’s son
Eliphaz (Bereishis 36:15); Yehuda’s son Er
(Bereishis 38:7); Yosef’s son Menashe
(Bereishis 41:51); and Nadav, the son of
Aharon (Bamidbar 3:1).
6. Yaakov’s neck is mentioned when his mother
places the goat skins upon it (27:17). Esav’s
neck is mentioned by Yitzchak in his blessing
(27:40).
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Cheshvan 26
In 1938, Father Coughlin broadcast an anti-Semitic diatribe on
American radio. Coughlin was a Roman Catholic priest from Mich-
igan, and one of history's first evangelists to preach via the mass
media. At its peak in the early 1930s, his radio show had a listening
audience estimated at one-third of the nation. Yet Coughlin's
broadcasts became increasingly anti-Semitic, expressing sympathy
for Hitler and promoting The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It
was only a few weeks after Kristallnacht, when synagogues across
Germany were burned, that Coughlin caused a scandal by broad-
casting a diatribe in which he blamed the Jewish victims.

Cheshvan 28
On this date in 1949, the Jewish population of Israel reached one
million. Over the years, waves of aliyah from Arab countries, Rus-
sia and Ethiopia -- combined with higher-than-average birthrates --
has pushed the Jewish population of Israel to 5 million. It is esti-
mated that an additional one million Israelis live outside the coun-
try.

Cheshvan 29
Yahrtzeit of Israel Bak (1797-1874), a pioneer of book printing in
modern Israel. In the 16th century, six books had been printed in
the northern town of Tzfat. It would be 245 years until another He-
brew book was published in the Holy Land, when Bak moved from
the Ukraine to Israel. He established a Hebrew press in Tzfat and
published a Siddur and the Book of Leviticus with commentaries.
An earthquake destroyed his print shop in 1837, and a Druze revolt
the following year destroyed his press once again. Bak then moved
to Jerusalem in 1841 where he established the first Hebrew press
ever in the holy city.

Cheshvan 30
In 1783, American forces recaptured New York City, clearing the
way for the return of Jews who had been forced to flee when the
British captured New York City in 1776. Jewish leaders were in
danger due to their public support of the American Revolution.
Perhaps the best-known was Haym Salomon, an immigrant from
Poland, who worked as an undercover agent for George Washing-
ton. Salomon was arrested in 1778, accused of plotting to destroy
British property in New York. Salomon was condemned to death
for sabotage, but bribed his guard while awaiting execution, and
escaped to Philadelphia. Salomon was an astute merchant and
banker, and succeeded in accumulating a huge fortune which he
used to finance the Revolution and later to save the new nation


from financial collapse. When Salomon died at age 45 of tubercu-
losis, he was bankrupt and the U.S. government owed him
$700,000 in unpaid loans. In 1975, the U.S. issued a postage stamp
in his honor.

Kislev 1
In 1757, volumes of the Talmud were burned in Kamenetz-
Podolsk, Russia. The instigators were followers of Jacob Frank, a
Jewish merchant who claimed to be the messiah and successor of
the false messiah, Shabbatai Tzvi. Frank's followers broke away
from Judaism and created a new religion known as the Frankists, a
quasi-Jewish, quasi-Christian religion. The local bishop held a de-
bate between the rabbis and the Frankists; when the bishop decided
that the rabbis lost the debate, he ordered them to pay a fine and to
burn all copies of the Talmud in the district.
In 2008, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg were among 200
people killed when terrorists attacked Mumbai, India. The
Holtzbergs selflessly ran the Chabad house, a beacon of hope and
kindness in a city filled with poverty and despair.

Kislev 2
Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Aharon Kotler (1892-1962), a prominent Torah
sage in Lithuania, and later in America. Rabbi Kotler studied under
the famed Alter of Slabodka, and was the son-in-law of Rabbi Isser
Zalman Meltzer. Rabbi Kotler led various efforts to rescue Jews
from the Holocaust; he was instrumental in persuading Henry Mor-
genthau, U.S. Treasury Secretary, to risk his political career in or-
der to help save Jews. In 1943, Rabbi Kotler founded a yeshiva in
Lakewood, New Jersey, which has since grown into the largest
institution of its kind in America with over 5,000 advanced-level
students.

Kislev 4
In 346 BCE, a delegation of Babylonian Jews arrived in Jerusalem
to ask the prophet Zechariah if the fast of Tisha B'Av should be
discontinued (Zechariah ch. 7). Tisha B'Av is a commemoration of
the destruction of the Temple, and at the time, the Second Temple
had just been constructed. The answer, as recorded in the Talmud,
is that if Israel remains under foreign control, then the fast remains
-- even if the Temple is built. But if the Temple is built and Israel is
self-governed, then the fast turns into a day of celebration. In this
case, since the Second Temple was eventually destroyed (also on
Tisha B'Av, 420 years later), it is commemorated till today as a
Jewish national day of mourning.
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In Parshas Toldos, Yitzchak has twin sons,
Yaakov and Esav. Hash-m told Rivka that these twins
would be different and would evolve into two na-
tions. Esav, who looked red and mature, came first,
and Yaakov, a child who was struggling to come out,
came next. At age fifteen, though, both of these chil-
dren acted the same as before; they split. Yaakov was
called an Ish Tam, while Esav was called a Tziad Bi-
fiv. Rashi explains that Esav was quick-witted and
asked sharp questions. However, he tricked his father
into believing he was a tzadik. Esav really wasted his
time in the field. Yaakov, however, was quiet and
subtle. Rashi says that though he wasn’t an expert, he
had his heart and his mouth (words) together, and he
had a straight character. The question presents itself:
why, if Esav had bad character traits like lying, did
Yitzchak love Esav over Yaakov and go so far as to
give Esav the brachos?
The Ohr Hachaim explains that Yitzchak
thought that by giving Esav the good, he would do
teshuvah and become a great follower of Hash-m.
The Ohr Hachaim is telling us an important lesson in
looking at people with a great potential. It’s true that
Esav was a Rasha, but Yitzchak saw potential in him.
He asked sharp questions and was quick-minded.
Technically, Esav should’ve been the father of the
Jews! Dovid Hamelech was also a “red man” or ad-
moni, like Esav.
This shows us the potential of Esav - he was
someone who could’ve been as great as Dovid
HaMelech. However, Esav wasn’t interested in the
pursuit of following Hash-m, and he lied to make his
father love him. Though Esav didn’t become a great
Jew, we still can learn from Yitzchak’s attempt and
belief in potential. Every Jew has potential. Some can
learn, some can be successful businessmen and give
tzedaka, some can do chesed, and more. The goal is
to appreciate these gifts and use them to serve Hash-
m. May it be that we use the potential we have and
not overlook that of ourselves or of others, and we
should all become better people.
In this weeks parsha, Toldos, the pasuk says,
“May G-d give you the dew of the heavens and fatness
of the earth and abundant grain and wine” (27:28).
The question is, why does the pasuk say “Elokim”? It
seems that the Torah never says that when giving a bra-
cha.
Rashi explains that although Yitzchak was
blessed, it was on the condition that Yaakov and future
generations deserved the abundance. Then Rashi points
out that by Esav’s bracha, there was no condition. Why
is this? Yaakov was so much great than Esav!
We can answer this based on the Sfas Emes. He
answers the famous question: when Adam and Chava
ate from the Tree of Knowledge, they got a more se-
vere punishment then the snake. The snake actually got
off very easily - he has everything he could ever need
(because he gets his food from the ground). Why is
this?
The Sfas Emes answers that the snake’s punish-
ment was actually worse because the snake will never
need Hash-m and will never be able to talk to him, but
Hash-m loves us and wants us to always daven to him
and try to get close to him. So too here by the bracha,
Hash-m wants us to always act properly and call out to
him for help - that’s when he will give us bracha. By
Esav, Hash-m doesn’t care about him, and he doesn’t
want to be involved with him. It is a big honor to be
able to daven and get closer to Hash-m. May we all in
the near future merit to become closer to Hash-m and
thus be worthy of receiving his Blessing.
Being Close
to Hashem

By Aharon Rubel, 12th Grade
Hidden Potential

By Moishy Rothman, 11th Grade
see you right away."
Six months earlier, Max had asked Rabbi Schwab
to get him a prayer book that contained the Viduy confes-
sional prayer recited on a death bed. Now, on the phone,
Max pleaded with Rabbi Schwab to come immediately.
"By this afternoon, it will be too late," Max said softly.
When Rabbi Schwab came to Max's room, family
(Stories of Greatness — Continued from page 6)
(Continued on page 5)
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was gathered at his bedside. After Rabbi Schwab greeted
all those present, Max asked everyone to leave the room.
Slowly and carefully, Rabbi Schwab recited with Max the
poignant words of Viduy. When they finished, silence en-
veloped in the room. Then Max said softly, "I remember
when I was a little boy and there was a rabbi who came to
our town. He spoke of the importance of giving charity,
and mentioned over and over the expression, 'Charity res-
cues from death.' Before my end, I would like to fulfill that
mitzvah and be clear with God. I have prepared two
checks: one for the Jewish girls' school and one for the
boys' school in Denver. Please take them out of the drawer
and deliver them."
Rabbi Schwab thought hopefully that perhaps his
budgetary problems for the year might be over. He opened
the top drawer of the cabinet and took out the two checks.
He could not believe his eyes. Each check was for $500.
Rabbi Schwab stared at the checks and was incred-
ulous. "Max," he exclaimed, "you have the opportunity to
acquire a share in the World to Come as you never did be-
fore. Our girls' school is now housed in trailers. We need a
building. Max, give us $50,000 and we'll put your name on
the building as an everlasting testimony to your charity.
You'll be helping hundreds of girls who are the future
mothers of our people. This is your last chance."
Max thought for a long moment and then said,
"Believe me, my heart wants to give, and my head under-
stands that it's the right thing to do -- but my hand refuses
to let itself be opened."
Max died that night, forever bereft of the oppor-
tunity of magnanimous eternal reward.
Days later Rabbi Schwab defined this episode. He
said, "In discussing a person's reluctance to give charity,
the Torah warns, 'You shall not harden your heart or close
your hand' (Deut. 15:7). The Torah says that there are two
parts to the mitzvah of charity, the heart and the hand. A
person can understand that his financial help is needed and
that the situation is dire, but if he is not trained from his
earliest years to open his hand to benefit others, he will find
it all but impossible to part with his money."
Rabbi Schwab's son-in-law, Rabbi Jonathan Aryeh
Seidemann, told this story to a group of his congregants in
Baltimore, Maryland. When he finished the story, he said:
"A person has to have a special merit to give charity. Max
could have earned eternal reward for his philanthropy, but
he passed up the chance. We, while we are in this world,
should not lose the opportunity when it presents itself."
After the class, one of the attendees, Mrs. Gretta
Golden, said to Rabbi Seidemann, "Rabbi, you told this
story in the past. You mentioned it in a class three years
ago!"
"And you remember it from then?" asked Rabbi
Seidemann, surprised and complemented that someone
would remember something he said years ago.
"Oh yes," she said, "I remember that story so well.
It made such an impression on me. And Rabbi," she added,
"I should really tell you a story about that story."
Mrs. Golden was employed by the world-renowned
Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where she was a
marketing representative of international services. She
headed the Israeli unit. Since Johns Hopkins is one of the
finest hospitals in the world, it attracts patients from around
the globe.
Just two weeks after Mrs. Golden first heard the
story from Rabbi Seidemann, an Israeli family came to
Johns Hopkins with their 8-year-old son, who needed ma-
jor surgery. They brought along all the boy's medical files
and explained to Mrs. Golden that they could not afford to
pay for the operation the child so desperately needed. As
she leafed through the boy's files, his father said that a few
months earlier a relative of theirs had suggested that they
write a letter to a certain Jewish philanthropist who had
been written up in The New York Times.
"You have nothing to lose," said the relative, and
indeed they found someone to write a letter in English, ex-
plaining their child's desperate situation. A few weeks later
the family received a reply from the philanthropist -- wish-
ing their son a complete recovery but adding that he could
not help financially. This letter was in the file along with
the medical records. Mrs. Goldman read the letter and
thought of the story she had heard from the rabbi. That
night she composed a letter to this philanthropist, explained
the nature of her work, and detailed the situation of the lit-
tle Israeli boy. She finished the letter with the story about
Max Rabinowitz and his inability to give charity even at
the end of his life.
Mrs. Golden's final sentence in the letter was,
"Don't let that man be you."
Two weeks later, Johns Hopkins received a check
of over $40,000 from that philanthropist... to cover the en-
tire cost of the operation.
As we continue to come together as a community,
in this time of need, we should all be zocheh to continue to
do acts of chessed, give tzedakah and together earn praise
in the eyes of Hashem so he will help us recover and re-
build, spare us from any further difficulty and redeem us
speedily in our day.
( Stories of Greatness — Continued from page 4)
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The past 3 weeks have been challenging,
to say the least. The recent storms as well as the
resulting damage, has led to much pain, despair
and many unanswered questions. Yet, through-
out this entire ordeal, I have learned a great
deal about the meaning of life. Our lives can
change and be turned upside down in the blink
of an eye. It really teaches us not to take any-
thing for granted. There has been so much de-
struction throughout our community. Our school
basement was flooded and destroyed. Thousands
of dollars worth of equipment and books were
lost. Irreplaceable objects, such as pictures and
sentimental items, were washed away. It is times
like this that make us realize what is important
in life. The amount of chessed that has been
done in the past three weeks is simply unbelieva-
ble. Jews helping Jews. Most of whom have nev-
er even met one another. It is just amazing. The
way our community comes together in times of
need and despair is truly inspiring. It is times
like this that make us thankful to be part of a
great nation - the Jewish people - and to be part
of a special Jewish community. The following
story by Rabbi Paysach Krohn defines the true
meaning of chessed. The beauty of giving with-
out hope of ever getting anything back. Taken
from “Reflections of the Maggid”.

Rabbi Mayer Schwab was the founder
and Dean of the Bais Yaakov High School of
Denver, Colorado. He was also responsible for
the financial stability of the school, and in this
role he often met with philanthropists to enlist
their support.
In the early 1970's, there was a million-
aire in Denver, an elderly gentleman named
Max Rabinowitz (not his real name) who had
remained Jewishly observant even though most
of his friends and family were not. He gave
charity, but his parameters for giving were not
in proportion to his wealth. He considered $500
a large donation, when in reality he could have
easily given ten times that amount. His children
were independently wealthy, he owned factories
and real estate, but he could not part with large
sums of money except for business investments.
Indeed the most Max ever donated to the Jewish
schools in Denver was $500.
One morning, as Rabbi Schwab was
teaching a class, he was interrupted by his secre-
tary. "I am sorry to disturb you," she said with
urgency, "but you have an extremely important
phone call." Reluctant to stop the lesson, Rabbi
Schwab asked the Secretary if the call could
possibly wait until later. "No," she said, "they
are calling from the hospital. "Rabbi Schwab
rushed to his office and picked up the phone. It
was Max Rabinowitz. "Rabbi," he said, "I must
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