Parashat Toldot / פרשת תולדות
The parashah records Yitzkhak’s age when he married Rivkah (Rebekah), the mother of Ya’akov and Esav, the miraculous circumstances of their birth, and the age of Yitzkhak at the time. The parashah illustrates key differences between Ya’akov and Esav as grown men, followed by the circumstances which led to the sale of Esav’s birthright to Ya’akov.
Parashat Toldot continues with the account of how Yitzkhak came to dwell in Gerar among the Pilishtim (Philistines). The parashah records the great blessings which HaShem bestowed upon Yitzkhak, the envy of the Pilishtim toward him as a result, and the ensuing conflict. Ultimately, however, the Pilishtim instigate a covenant with Yitzkhak for their own safety, fearing HaShem.
Following a brief interlude pertaining the two the wives of Esav, the parashah continues with the account of how Ya’akov came to receive his father’s blessing ahead of Esav, the firstborn, with the help of Rivkah, his mother. Esav comforts himself realizing his father’s days are numbered, after which he intends to kill his brother. Ya’akov therefore flees to his mother’s brother as directed by his mother and with his father’s blessing.
Parashah Toldot concludes with the account of why Esav came to take Makhalat, the daughter of Yishmael (Ishmael), to be his wife.
Torah Portion: Genesis 25:19 – 28:9
1st Aliyah: Genesis 25:19-26:5 (21 verses)
2nd Aliyah: Genesis 26:6-12 (7 verses)
3rd Aliyah: Genesis 26:13-22 (10 verses)
4th Aliyah: Genesis 26:23-29 (7 verses)
5th Aliyah: Genesis 26:30-27:27 (33 verses)
6th Aliyah: Genesis 27:28-28:4 (23 verses)
7th Aliyah: Genesis 28:5-9 (5 verses)
Maftir: Genesis 28:7-9 (3 verses)
Reading from the Nevi’im (Prophets):
I Kings 1:1 – 1:31
Messiah in the Parashah
The Memra of HaShem was the help of Yitzkhak.
‘Esav, and his name was called Ya’akov’
Ya’akov will be blessed by the Memra of HaShem.
Seed of Yitzkhak, through whom all the nations will be blessed.
Peoples will serve him, nations will bow down to him, and he will be lord over his brothers.
Appointed the Firstborn
Blessed by El Shadai, he and his offspring will inherit the land given to Avraham.
Descends from his Father at his direction to take a bride for himself.
Commandments in the Parashah