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Parshat Toldot: What’s So Important about the Soup?
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“And Esav said to Yaakov, “Pour into me, now, from this very red food for I am exhausted.” Therefore, he is called Edom”. (Beresheit 25:30) Esav comes home from the fields. He is exhausted and famished. Yaakov is cooking a red soup. Esav asks Yaakov to give him the soup. Yaakov asks Esav to sell […]
Yaakov and Rivkah’s Ethical Struggle
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And Yaakov said to Rivkah his mother: But Esav is a hairy man and I am a smooth-skinned man. Perhaps, my father will feel me and I will be a deceiver in his eyes. And I will bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing. And his mother said to him: Upon me will […]
Toldos: Mitzvah Power!
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Chapter 27. Yaakov wrests the brachos from Eisav. Different subplots merge into a poignant climax; a story whose drama melds irony, complexity, sarcasm, sadness and ultimate triumph, yet in the process leaves so many questions – Consider a few: Did Yitzchak understand Eisav’s character? Yaakov’s? Wasn’t Yitzchak aware of the prophecy that “the younger one […]
Parshat Toldot: A Night in Gerar
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“And there was a famine in the land, aside from the first famine that had been in the days of Avraham, and Yitzchak went to Avimelech the king of the Pelishtim, to Gerar.” (Beresheit 26:1) This passage introduces a narrative that in some ways is one of the most enigmatic episodes in Sefer Beresheit. The […]
Parshat Toldot: The Blessing of the Firstborn
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The Blessing of the Firstborn And Esav said to Yaakov, “Let me swallow some of this red food for I am tired.” Therefore, his name is Edom. (Beresheit 25:30) Esav returns from the field exhausted. Yaakov is preparing lentil porridge. Esav asks Yaakov to give him the porridge. Yaakov offers to exchange the porridge for […]