The Best of Intentions

Download Audio file

The key to understanding Parshat Toldot is the ten different relationships contained therein – between Yitzchak, Rivkah, Yaakov, and Esav. Why is Esav referred to as the older brother by Yitzchak – he’s only minutes older than Yaakov!

Yaakov buys the bechora not to trick Esav but to do him a favor, to relieve him of the burden.

If you can’t steal a bracha, why did Rivkah and Yaakov try to trick Yitzchak? Did Yaakov ever receive the blessing Yitzchak intended for Esav?

Download the mekorot here


Delivered at the OU Israel Center, Thursday, November 8, 2018/30 Marcheshvan 5779