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Let's talk a little bit about the #Torah story where Isaac pretends that his wife is his sister.

It is not only directly lifted from the story of Abraham, but seems oddly inserted in the timeline.


Previously, we are told that Rebecca was barren for 20 yrs (25:21), then she was pregnant with twins, and it was such a painful time, she walked to visit Yahweh to get some advice.


Years go by, and the twins grow up. And there's this strange story, full of puns, about Esau selling his birthright.


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Read this week's C&C called "Isaac and Esau": 🇬🇧 / 🇮🇱 / 🇪🇸 / 🇫🇷 Family Edition: Listen: #Toldot #ShabbatShalom. Image
In this week's essay, I ask a haunting question. Why did Isaac love Esau? The verse says so explicitly: “Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebecca loved Jacob” (Gen. 25:28). Whichever way we read this verse, it is perplexing.
If we read it literally, it suggests that Isaac’s affections were governed by no more than a taste in a particular kind of food. Surely that is not the way love is earned or given in the Torah.
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Here is a thread from my Covenant & Conversation essay on parshat #Toldot. You can read it in full here: & download the accompanying Family Edition here: #ChodeshTov #ShabbatShalom
#Antisemitism is a complex, protean phenomenon because antisemites must be able to hold together two beliefs that seem to contradict one another: #Jews are so powerful that they should be feared, and at the same time so powerless that they can be attacked without fear.
It would seem that no one could be so irrational as to believe both of these things simultaneously.
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