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Parshat Toldot

5760 This week the Parsha begins with the words "These are the offspring of Yitzchak the son of Avraham, Avraham begat Yitzchak." The redundancy of the sentence is immediately noticeable, obviously if Yitchak is the son of Avraham it is unnecessary to tell us that Avraham begot him.
5761 This week’s section tells of how Yaakov (Jacob) cheated his brother Aisav, out of their father Issac’s, blessings.
5762 This week we read about how the blind and aged Patriarch Yitzchak almost made a big mistake and blessed his evil son Aisav, and how his righteous son Yaakov had to resort to deception to save the day. Why does the Torah tell us this embarrassing story? Yitzchak was supposed to be a perfect Tzadik, certainly he did not need physical eyes to see through wicked Aisav's tricks. How could he have made such a mistake as to want to bless him?
5763 This week we learn of the battle between Esav and Jacob. The word Torah means "teaching", positive teaching.
5764 In this week's section we learn how Issac dug wells and called them names; 'Asek' , 'Sitna', and 'Rechovot'. ('Strife, Opposition, Wideness)
5765 This week's section tells us about Isaac, the second of the three forefathers. Isaac, more than the other forefathers is connected with Moshiach. First because his name implies joy and laughter and Moshiach will bring joy to both the world and to HaShem (so to speak).
5766 This week's section introduces us to the struggle between the holy patriarch Yaakov and his evil twin brother Esav.
5767 This week we read about how the patriarch Yaakov (Jacob) tricked his blind father Yitzchak into blessing him rather than his evil brother Aisav. (Rivka dressed Yaakov in Aisav's magical garments and put goat skins on his arms and neck to disguise him as hairy Aisav).
5768 This week's Torah portion tells us of the three wells that Isaac dug. The first two he called Aisek (strife) and Sitna (opposition) because his enemies contested them. But the third, unchallenged, well he called Rechovot (wideness). And if you ask, what possible significance can this have to us today, the great Torah commentator Rabbi Moses ben Nachman (RaMba'N) has the answer. (26:20)
5769 This week we read the confusing and complicated story of Jacob receiving the blessings of his father Isaac. As you know, Isaac had twin boys; Aisav and Jacob. Jacob and his offspring were destined to bring the message of Judaism; joy, meaning, faith and the Creator's blessing to the world while the generations of Aisav were destined to oppose this in every way possible.
5770 This week's Torah portion tells the story of Yitzchak's wells. Strangely the Torah devotes a lot of space to how he dug these wells and even some of their names; one was called Aisek another Sitna and the third Rechovot.
5772 This week's Torah portion tells us the story of two twin brothers; Yaakov and Aesov. Both from the same parents, identical upbringings and similar environments. Yaakov became the righteous father of the Jews and Aesov became the evil progenitor of the biggest sinners and anti-Semites of all time.
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