Genesis 25:19-28:9


In this Torah portion, Rebekah and Isaac have twins, the smooth-skinned Jacob, who Rebekah favors, and the hairy Esau, who Isaac favors. After coming home from a hunting trip, Esau asks his brother for some lentil soup, but Jacob tells him he must trade him his birthright. Years later, when Isaac is old and blind, Jacob tricks his father into giving him the firstborn blessing. Jacob leaves his home, out of fear of his brother, to find a wife at his uncle Laban’s house.

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hairy arms of Esau for parashat toldot
Esau’s hairy hands.



Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Nature Or Nurture
Rabbi Howard Alpert, Hillel

Manipulating Food Supply to Gain Power
Rachel Farbiarz, AJWS

Rebekah’s Spiritual Crisis
Rabbi Jordan D. Cohen, KOLEL

Change is Possible
Rabbi James Maisels, AJWS

Only Connect
Rabbi Ruth Gais, Union for Reform Judaism

The Work Was Unfinished
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, AJWS


Sharing The Blessing
Rabbi Dan Bronstein,


Digging Wells, Conserving Water
Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, Canfei Nesharim

From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

John Wayne Meets Jacob
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

(Un)Conditional Love
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowships

Valuing Differences
Rabbi Steven Brown, Jewish Theological Seminary

All Over Again
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative

Synthesizing The Physical And The Spiritual
Nathan J. Diament, Orthodox Union

Overcoming Destiny
Gary Rubin, UJA-Federation of New York

Family and Fun

Toldot & Alternative Families
Rabbi Valerie Lieber, Women of Reform Judaism

Parashat Toldot Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Toldot Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parashat Toldot for Families
Torah Topics of Today


Waiting for the Cookie to Cool
Torah Topics of Today


Breaking the Cycle of Deceit
Torah Topics of Today


Recipe: Lentil Soup


Recipe: Lentil Burgers



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