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The Generations [of Isaac]

This is the line of Isaac son of Abraham: Abraham begot Isaac. - Genesis 25:19

  • Rebekah has twins, Esau and Jacob. (25:19-26)
  • Esau gives Jacob his birthright in exchange for some stew. (25:27-34)
  • King Abimelech is led to think that Rebekah is Isaac's sister and later finds out that she is really his wife. (26:1-16)
  • Isaac plans to bless Esau, his firstborn. Rebekah and Jacob deceive Isaac so that Jacob receives the blessing. (27:1-29)
  • Esau threatens to kill Jacob, who then flees to Haran. (27:30-45)

When do we read Tol'dot?

2020 Nov 21
/5 Kislev, 5781
2021 Nov 6
/2 Kislev, 5782
2022 Nov 26
/2 Kislev, 5783


  • By Rabbi Dan Moskovitz

    My wife and I have three children, two boys and a girl. ... Each one argues that a certain rule may apply to the other two siblings, but it does not apply to him/her because he/she is our favorite. ... In this week’s Torah portion, Tol’dot, Isaac and Rebekah, the parents of twin boys Jacob and Esau  show favoritism to one child over the other. From the outset we are told that these two children are very different beings.

  • Torah for Tots

    A guide to help adults learn how to engage young children in a discussion about this week’s Torah portion.  

  • Torah for Tweens

    Discover this week’s Torah portion, Tol'dot, with “Family Shabbat Table Talk” lessons, perfect for families with tweens.

  • Torah for Teens

    In this parasha, Rebekah has twins, Jacob and Esau. Esau is born first, but Jacob wants the blessing of the first born, and his mother wants to help. Together they trick Isaac and Esau, who both get mad. Listen to the rap to see how this sibling rivalry is fought out! 

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