Tag Archives: Patriarchs

Understanding the Patriarchs 4: How Could Rivkah and Yaakov Trick Old, Blind Yitzchak?

  In our fourth class on the Patriarchs we discuss the brachah and the bechorah, and such questions as: Why did Yitzchak and Rivkah love Eisav and Yaakov, respectively? Does it matter that we know the precise age Yitzchak was … Continue reading

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Understanding the Patriarchs 2: Why Were Ishmael (and Hagar) Banished from the House of Avraham?

Patriarchs 2 2011 Class 2 in our series: Understanding the Patriarchs in Text and Context, in which we explore: What did Ishmael do to draw Sarah’s ire? Wasn’t Sarah’s response, demanding Ishamel’s expulsion into the wilderness, pretty extreme? Why did … Continue reading

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Patriarchs 1: Why was Avraham chosen?

Join us as we begin a new series of classes, focusing on the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in text and context. In our first class we ask: why was Avraham chosen by God? What does the text have to say, what … Continue reading

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