Rabbi Ilene Harkavy Haigh

Isaac Remembers When He Ended It with Abraham

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Paul Kipnes

In Parashat Tol’dot , Isaac is described as having “weak eyes,” which is considered a metaphor for his inability to see what his twin sons Jacob and Esau needed from him ( Gen. 27:1 ). Why was he so poorly prepared to father his boys? In this midrashic monologue, Isaac gives us a clue as he reflects upon his relationship with his own father.