Parashot Toldot

Parashat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9), is the first chapter in the story of Jacob, which is very near and dear to my heart, because I wrote a play about Jacob–in Haran–but that comes later. This parashat is the first part of that story, about Isaac’s blessing. Actually, there were three blessings….

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Aesop’s “The Ants and the Grasshopper”

Aesop tells us the story of The Ants and the Grasshopper. You probably remember it. The Ants were spending a fine winter’s day drying grain collected in the summertime. A Grasshopper, perishing with famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food. The Ants inquired of him, “Why did…

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