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The weekly Torah portion of Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)

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Why won't a wrongful blessing be void?

In Parashat Toldot, Isaac wrongfully blesses Yaakov instead of Esav. In the Halachah IIRC, most things made wrongfully are illegal and are void, like monetary contracts or marriages. I don't really ...
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Why did Isaac trust his senses over his feeling?

וַיִּגַּשׁ יַעֲקֹב אֶל־יִצְחָק אָבִיו וַיְמֻשֵּׁהוּ וַיֹּאמֶר הַקֹּל קוֹל יַעֲקֹב וְהַיָּדַיִם יְדֵי עֵשָׂו׃ - So Jacob drew close to his father Isaac, who felt him and wondered. “The voice is the ...
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What was Isaac's original intention of enslaving Yaakov to Esav?

If we accept the plain narrative of the text, that: Isaac did mistake Yaakov for Esav (he was sure he blesses Esav) He uttered blessing he prepared and intended to bless (God didn't switch blessings, ...
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Why deception seems intrinsic to Terah's descendants?

The last couple of Parashot dealt with members of Abraham's family, both Abraham and Nachor's descendants. As far as I can see, many of them, both righteous and wicked, were liers: it starts with ...
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Meaning of “And you shall serve your brother” specifically for Esav and Yaakov

Unlike another question that asks about the vague prophecy Rivkah was given about her twins, I ask specifically about Itzhak's statement to Esav: ... וְאֶת־אָחִיךָ תַּעֲבֹד ...׃ - And you shall serve ...
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Evidence that Yaakov did the right thing in fooling his father to get the brachos

I see a lot of questions on the topic, but maybe not one that is this specific. I'd like to know, when Yaakov Avinu (with Rivka his mother) went to fool Yitzchak and get the brachos, is there evidence ...
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Why the weird spelling of וַאֲבָרֶכְכָ֛ה in Breisheet 27:7?

Statement: In Breisheet Parashas Toldos, it says הָבִ֨יאָה לִּ֥י ... וַאֲבָרֶכְכָ֛ה לִפְנֵ֥י ה' לִפְנֵ֥י מוֹתִֽי: . Question: Why is the word וַאֲבָרֶכְכָ֛ה spelled in such an unusual manner instead of ...
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Why didn't God intervene in the story of Itzhak's blessings to Eisav?

We can see God intervening in numerous situations in the Book of Genesis, revealing His divine plans to our forefathers, saving them, and preventing them from falling into different traps. However, in ...
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Why didn't Jacob confront his father's decision openly?

Many commentators explain why Itzhak was wrong in his decision to bless Eisav. Then, when Rivka heard it, she asked Yaakov to stage a hoax and "steal" the Brochos. This is completely ...
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Why is Eisav mentioned as “Ish” twice?

Some love this kind of details: "... וַיְהִי עֵשָׂו אִישׁ יֹדֵעַ צַיִד אִישׁ שָׂדֶה ...׃ - .. Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the outdoors; Genesis.25.27" In Hebrew, one can say it ...
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What land did Isaac sow in and how did he own it?

וַיִּזְרַע יִצְחָק בָּאָרֶץ הַהִוא ...׃ - Isaac sowed in that land ... Genesis.26.12 I recall Abraham buying a lot in Hebron and Yaakov buying one near Shechem, but I don't recall Isaac buying lands. ...
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Why would God need to introduce Himself when revealing to forefathers?

וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו ה' בַּלַּיְלָה הַהוּא וַיֹּאמֶר אָנֹכִי אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם אָבִיךָ ...׃ - That night the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. ...” Genesis.26.24 This is ...
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בכר and ברך connection?

In this week's parasha, Esav complains that Ya'akov stole both his beracha and his bechor. Do any commentators (either here or elsewhere) comment on the similarity between the words בכר and ברך?
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“And the older shall serve the younger.”

In Genesis 25:23 and 27:40 it states: וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה לָהּ שְׁנֵי גיים [גוֹיִם] בְּבִטְנֵךְ וּשְׁנֵי לְאֻמִּים מִמֵּעַיִךְ יִפָּרֵדוּ וּלְאֹם מִלְאֹם יֶאֱמָץ וְרַב יַעֲבֹד צָעִיר׃ and the LORD ...
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What is the Zohar's explanation of: “And the children struggled together within her”?

In Parshat Toldot, Rebecca is pregnant with the twins Esau and Jacob and we read: וַיִּתְרֹֽצֲצ֤וּ הַבָּנִים֙ בְּקִרְבָּ֔הּ -- And the children struggled together within her. [Genesis 25:22]. There ...
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Why did Abraham give his sons impure gifts?

The Torah says that Abraham gave gifts to his sons (other than Isaac) and sent them away: And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. But to the sons of [his] concubines [he] gave gifts while he was ...
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Ya'akov claiming to be Esav - the Anochi versus Ani

As Yakov presents the food that he has prepared for Yitzchok in order to receive the blessings, he says: אָנֹכִי עֵשָׂו בְּכֹרֶךָ - Genesis 27:19. Rashi comments that what Yakov was really saying was: ...
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Why did Yitzchok use the same subterfuge for his wife that had not worked for Avraham?

When I read the Parashas Toldos, I was surprised to see that when Yitzchok went to the land of Avimeleh, he said that Rivka was his sister to protect his life in Bereshis, 26, 7. It is obvious that ...
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Why doesn't Yaakov ( תתן אמת ליעקב) object to his mother's plan on the grounds that it does not reflect truth?

Yaakov is the prototypical man of truth "תתן אמת ליעקב" (מיכה ז, כ) When his mother proposes a deception so that Yaakov can get Yitzchok's blessings, Yaakov's objection is strictly practical (...
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How could Avimelech not know that Yitzchak didn't have a sister?

Breishis 26:6 says : And Isaac dwelt in Gerar. And the men of the place asked about his wife, and he said, "She is my sister," because he was afraid to say, "[She is] my wife," [because he ...
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How did Beeri the Hittite come up with naming his daughter Yehudit?

וַיְהִי עֵשָׂו בֶּן־אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה אֶת־יְהוּדִית בַּת־בְּאֵרִי הַחִתִּי וְאֶת־בָּשְׂמַת בַּת־אֵילֹן הַחִתִּי׃ When Esau was forty years old, he took to wife Judith ...
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Does anyone draw a parallel between Haman selling himself to Mordechai and Esav selling the birthright to Yaakov?

There’s a famous Yalkut Shimoni (Nach 1056:18, referenced by Rashi in explaining Megillah 15a), which reads as follows: א"ר חסדא זה בא בפרוזבולי וזה בא בפרוזבוטי, פעם אחת נתן המלך ממון ושגרם בראשי ...
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Reconciling Seder Olam’s account of Ever’s death with the Pesukim

Seder Olam Rabbah 2 says that Ever died when Yaakov left his Yeshiva for Charan. In the previous portions of this paragraph, the Midrash said that Yaakov was 63 when he got the Berachos, and he ...
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Meaning of ישב אהלים and grammar

We read last Shabbat parshat Toldot in which we find the famous statement in Bereshit 25:27 וְיַעֲקֹב֙ אִ֣ישׁ תָּ֔ם יֹשֵׁ֖ב אֹהָלִֽים The mefarshim deals with the meaning of ישב אהלים, some like ...
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Could Yaakov/Esau Berachot crisis be resolved in a peaceful manner?

The stories of our forefathers describe a world where conflicts can be generally resolved either by violence, deceit, accident or some heavenly intervention but not through a civilized negotiation and ...
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Why does Rivka have ruach hakodesh at the end of parsha Toldot, but not at the beginning?

It says in the beginning of Toldos (Beireshit 25:22-23) that Rivka had stomach-aches, so she went to "ask Hashem" about her pregnancy. Rashi says that since she didn't have ruach hakodesh, it was ...
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Was Esav originally destined to be the fourth of the Avos?

I think I heard that Esav and Yaakov were supposed to be like Yissachar and Zevulun; partnering together in Avodas HaShem. So then would both have become our Avos? I'm interested in the earliest ...
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Yitzchak as an Olah Temima - Yes to Egypt - No to Shifcha?

Yitzchak and Rivka waited many years to have kids, until they davened. The Medrash is quoted saying that Yitzchak didn’t take a Shifcha - maidservant- like Avraham did (Hagar) because he knew that ...
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Eisov not wearing his best clothes for Yitzhak's blessing?

Eisov wore his best suit (the "royal robe" he took from Nimrod, who took it from Adam etc) whenever he served his father Itzhok (Bereishis Rabboh 65, 16). He kept it by his mother Rivkah's: ...
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According to the Ramban, Did all the descendants of all the Sh'vatim observe the Torah before it was given?

From the Ramban in Beraishis 26:5 it seems that not only Avraham Avinu kept the Torah, but also his descendants, including Yaakov, Yosef, Amram, Moshe etc. He derives this from the passuk "that he [...
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Why should Yitzchok have to give a brachah to the person whom he thought was Eisav, if he had wrongly suspected Yaakov?

In the ספורנו on בראשית כז:כג שעירות - וַיְבָרֲכֵהוּ. עַל שֶׁחֲשָׁדו שֶׁהָיָה רָאוּי לִקְלָלָה, כְּאָמְרו "וְהֵבֵאתִי עָלַי קְלָלָה, (פסוק יב), וְכֵן אָמְרוּ זִכְרונָם לִבְרָכָה: (ברכות לא) ...
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Yaakov and Esav identical twins?

Were Yaakov and Esav monozygotic ("identical") twins, or dizygotic ("fraternal") twins? (Inspired by Sabbahillel's answer to Why is the birth of twins a Chidush for Rivka?)
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Esav took his wives from among the girls of Cana'an? (Breishit 36:2)

There appears to be a Torah contradiction regarding the statement that Esav took his wives from among the women in the land of Cana'an as stated in Breishit 36:2. verse 2 lists Adah, whom Rash"i says ...
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Esav's complaint in Breishit 27:36

In Breishit 27:36, Esav complains that Ya'akov outsmarted him twice. He took his birthright and his blessing. I can somewhat validate Esav's complaint about Ya'akov outsmarting him regarding taking ...
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Where does the word תורתי and different aplliable roots learn us?

(From the pealim.com website) The word להורות comes from ירה and gives הורה (past tense, 3rd person, masculine singular; "he/it taught", or as a imperative 2nd person, masculine, singular: "[to a ...
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Gen 25:22 running fight over two worlds

Looking at Bereshit/Genesis 25:22 Some commentators [based on the Midrash of Genesis Rabbah 63:6] offer a explanation [of “Vayitrotzatzu: and they struggled”] as having the meaning of “ratz/rutz: ...
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Marriage: get out of jail free card?

The Yerushalmi (Bikkurim 3:3/11b) says that a chassan has his sins atoned for. This is derived from Esav, who married a woman, the daughter of Yishmael and sister of Navos, named Machalas (Bereishis ...
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What is so significant about the wells in the Torah? Why are they discussed?

Genesis 26:15-18 (15) And the Philistines stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham, filling them with earth. (16) And Abimelech ...
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Why did Yacov suddenly ask for the first-born rights?

I was amazed when suddenly Yacov Avinu asked his brother for the right of being first born son when Eisav asked for food to eat. Why did he choose that moment?
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Why did Yaakov buy the Bechora from Esav?

This question came up recently, and the immediate answer that I got from people around me is that Yaakov was securing the brachos which are due to the bechor. However, the problem with this answer is ...
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Hinei - Bereishit 25:24 [duplicate]

When Rivka feels something amiss inside her, she goes to ask. In Bereishit 25:22-23 she is told that there are 2 nations in her belly and the elder will serve the younger. Then, in verse 24, when the ...
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Why wasn't Esav willing to wait until his father's mourning was complete?

Follow up (somewhat) to this Mi Yodeya question: My recollection is that a number of commentaries explain that Esav was extremely respectful and loyal to his father. I would think that part of ...
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וְיִשְׁתַּחֲווּ vs וישתחו

What is the explanation and reason for the kri-ksiv וְיִשְׁתַּחֲווּ vs וישתחו in בראשית פרק כ''ז פסוק כ''ט? Please explain how both the kri and the ksiv fit in the pasuk.
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Commandments/Laws followed by Avraham

Genesis 26:5 states: Because that Avraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. What were these laws, statutes, and commandments that Avraham was ...
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Why didn't Esav try to kill Ya'akov while Ya'akov was in Lavan's home?

I'm trying to reconcile a verse with the actual event timeline. Genesis 27:41: וַיִּשְׂטֹ֤ם עֵשָׂו֙ אֶֽת־יַעֲקֹ֔ב עַל־הַ֨בְּרָכָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר בֵּרֲכ֖וֹ אָבִ֑יו וַיֹּ֨אמֶר עֵשָׂ֜ו בְּלִבּ֗וֹ ...
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How did Yitzhak get blind?

I once heard that Yitzhak got blind (Genesis 27:1) because G-d showed him the whole world, the future, etc. (basically G-d's view). But I've also heard one opinion that says that he got blind because ...
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Why two lambs to make a meal for Isaac?

In parshat Toldot Rivka asks Yaakov to get 2 kids for her to cook for Isaac. What can we learn from using two kids? Was it in the time of year when kids are first born and they were tiny? Was a ...
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Why does the Torah say ואלה תולדת יצחק?

Parashat Toldot starts with the words ואלה תולדת יצחק בן אברהם; אברהם הוליד את יצחק These are the generations of Yitzhak the son of Avraham; Avraham gave birth to Yitzhak. Normally when the Torah ...
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Why didn't Yitzhak bless Eisav the same way he blessed Yaakov?

Why couldn't Yitzhak make the same blessing twice?
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Why doesn't Yitzchak chastise Avimelech about the wells the way his father did?

In parshat Toldot, we see a number of situations that occur to Yitzhak that are (almost) identical to those that occurred to his father, Avraham. Examples: There is a famine. Yitzchak seeks to go to ...