Parshat Toldot: Approaches to Evil

The intriguing story of the blessings of Yitzchak plays a paramount role in this parsha. As the Torah writes, Yitzchak wanted to give the brachot to his firstborn Esav, but Rivka intervened and Yaakov received them instead. At the time, a firstborn was meant to carry on the leadership of the family. Avraham passed the bechora on to Yitzchak and Yitzchak planned to do the same for Esav.

Firstborn status meant not only financial responsibility but setting the tone and direction of the spiritual development of the family. In this case, the bechor would also define the path upon which the eventual Jewish nation would embark.


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