The Generations [of Isaac]

Genesis 25:19−28:9

When Is Tol'dot Read?

/ 29 Heshvan 5785
/ 2 Kislev 5786
/ 4 Kislev 5787


  • 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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Tol'dot Commentary

an image of two woman, standing back to back as if they are shadows of each other; both staded black on white background

Accepting the Shadow

By: Rabbi Kari Tuling

In rabbinic literature, the twin brothers represent archetypes of two major civilizations: Jacob is Israel and Esau is Edom (Rome). Thus, the narrative becomes a fight between the forces of good and the forces of evil.

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