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Toldos Sermon

בס"ד Toldos Sermon — From the Rebbe’s Torah — Begin with a joke: My friend just told me the other day: I took a personality test! Results came back negative. Our parsha is all about personalities. Our Parsha begins with the verse: “אלא תולדות יצחק בן אברהם, אברהם הוליד את יצחק" "These are the offspring of Yitzchak the son of Avraham, Avraham bore Yitzchak.” The primary commentator on the Torah, Rashi — tells us that the repetition in this passuk is to signal that everyone admitted that Avraham bore Yitzchak. How did this come to be? G-d made Yitzchak’s features extremely similar to Avraham’s, making their relation obvious to any observer. But why did G-d need to involve himself to ascertain that it would be so? Isn’t it natural for a son to resemble his father?  Yes, that is usually the case. But in addition, children usually resemble their parents’ character, to some degree. It was not so with Avraham and Yitzchak. Avrah