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“For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.”

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פָּרָשָׁה תּוֹלְדֹת

Parashah Toldot
“Generations”
Genesis 25:19-28:9

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This week's commentary from Aish.com (Rabbinical)
This week’s commentary from Hebrew4Christians.com (Christian)

This Week’s Reading Schedule

Sunday

Review and meditate on
last week’s Parashah

Monday

Rishon [1st]: 25:19-26:5
Sheni [2nd]: 26:6-12

Tuesday

Shlishi [3rd]: 26:13-22
R'vi'i [4th]: 26:23-29

Wednesday

Chamishi [5th]: 26:30-27:27
Shishi [6th]: 27:28-28:4

Thursday

Shvi'i [7th]: 28:5-6
Maftir [Concluding]: 28:7-9

Friday

Haftarah: Mal'akhi (Malachi) 1:1-2:7

Ketuvei HaShalichim

Romans 9:1-13
Messianic Jews 11:20
Messianic Jews 12:14-17


Torah
B'resheet 25:19-28:9

The Blessing of the Torah
Aliya: (the one who “goes up” to read)  
Bar-khu et Adonai ham-vor-ack.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised.)
Barchu
Congregation:  
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
Hahmvorahch
All:  
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
 
Hahmvorahch
Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, Eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lekh hah oh-lahm,
ah-sher ba-char ba-noo me-kol ha-ah­meem,
v’na-tahn lah-noo et torah-toe,
ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, no-tane hah-torah.


Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has chosen us from all peoples
and given us His Torah.
Blessed are You, O Lord, Giver of the Torah.

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Rishon [1st]:   25:19-26:5

The Family of Yitzchak

19This is the history of the generations of Yitzchak, Avraham’s son. Avraham became the father of Yitzchak. 20Yitzchak was forty years old when he took Revkah, the daughter of B'tu'el the Arami from Paddan-Aram, the sister of Lavan the Arami, to be his wife. 21Yitzchak entreated ADONAI for his wife, because she was barren. ADONAI was entreated by him, and Revkah his wife conceived. 22The children struggled together within her. She said, “If it be so, why do I live?” She went to inquire of ADONAI. 23ADONAI said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb.
Two peoples will be separated from your body.
The one people will be stronger than the other people.
The elder will serve the younger.”

24When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25The first came out red all over, like a hairy garment. They named him 'Esav. 26After that, his brother came out, and his hand had hold on 'Esav’s heel. He was named Ya'akov. Yitzchak was sixty years old when she bore them.

Sale of the Birthright

27The boys grew. 'Esav was a skillful hunter, a man of the field. Ya'akov was a quiet man, living in tents. 28Now Yitzchak loved 'Esav, because he ate his venison. Revkah loved Ya'akov. 29Ya'akov boiled stew. 'Esav came in from the field, and he was famished. 30'Esav said to Ya'akov, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom.

31Ya'akov said, “First, sell me your birthright.”

32'Esav said, “Behold, I am about to die. What good is the birthright to me?”

33Ya'akov said, “Swear to me first.”

He swore to him. He sold his birthright to Ya'akov. 34Ya'akov gave 'Esav bread and stew of lentils. He ate and drank, rose up, and went his way. So 'Esav despised his birthright.

26 1There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Avraham. Yitzchak went to Avimelekh king of the P'lishtim, to G'rar. 2ADONAI appeared to him, and said, “Don’t go down into Egypt. Live in the land I will tell you about. 3Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you, and will bless you. For to you, and to your seed, I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to Avraham your father. 4I will multiply your seed as the stars of the sky, and will give to your seed all these lands. In your seed will all the nations of the earth be blessed, 5because Avraham obeyed my voice, and kept my requirements, my mitzvot, my statutes, and my instructions.”

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Sheni [2nd]:   26:6-12

Yitzchak and Abimelech

6Yitzchak lived in G'rar. 7The men of the place asked him about his wife. He said, “She is my sister,” for he was afraid to say, “My wife,” lest, he thought, “the men of the place might kill me for Revkah, because she is beautiful to look at.” 8It happened, when he had been there a long time, that Avimelekh king of the P'lishtim looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Yitzchak was caressing Revkah, his wife. 9Avimelekh called Yitzchak, and said, “Behold, surely she is your wife. Why did you say, ‘She is my sister?’”

Yitzchak said to him, “Because I said, ‘Lest I die because of her.’”

10Avimelekh said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us!”

11Avimelekh commanded all the people, saying, “He who touches this man or his wife will surely be put to death.”

12Yitzchak sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year one hundred times what he planted. ADONAI blessed him.

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Shlishi [3rd]:   26:13-22

 13The man grew great, and grew more and more until he became very great. 14He had possessions of flocks, possessions of herds, and a great household. The P'lishtim envied him. 15Now all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Avraham his father, the P'lishtim had stopped, and filled with earth. 16Avimelekh said to Yitzchak, “Go from us, for you are much mightier than we.”

17Yitzchak departed from there, encamped in the valley of G'rar, and lived there.

18Yitzchak dug again the wells of water, which they had dug in the days of Avraham his father. For the P'lishtim had stopped them after the death of Avraham. He called their names after the names by which his father had called them. 19Yitzchak’s servants dug in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. 20The herdsmen of G'rar argued with Yitzchak’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” He called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him. 21They dug another well, and they argued over that, also. He called its name Sitnah [enmity]. 22He left that place, and dug another well. They didn’t argue over that one. He called it Rechovot [wide open spaces]. He said, “For now ADONAI has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.”  

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R'vi'i [4th]:   26:23-29

23From there Yitz'chak went up to Be'er-Sheva. 24ADONAI appeared to him that same night and said, “I am the God of Avraham your father. Don’t be afraid, because I am with you; I will bless you and increase your descendants for the sake of my servant Avraham.” 25He built an altar there, and called on the name of ADONAI, and pitched his tent there. There Yitzchak’s servants dug a well.

26Then Avimelekh went to him from G'rar, and Ahuzzath his friend, and Phicol the captain of his army. 27Yitzchak said to them, “Why have you come to me, since you hate me, and have sent me away from you?”

28They said, “We saw plainly that ADONAI was with you. We said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us, even between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you, 29that you will do us no harm, as we have not touched you, and as we have done to you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace.’ You are now the blessed of ADONAI.”  

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Chamishi [5th]:   26:30-27:27

30He made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31They rose up some time in the morning, and swore one to another. Yitzchak sent them away, and they departed from him in peace. 32It happened the same day, that Yitzchak’s servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had dug, and said to him, “We have found water.” 33He called it Shibah [an oath]. Therefore the name of the city is Be'er-Sheva [well of seven, well of an oath] to this day.

34When 'Esav was forty years old, he married Y'hudit, the daughter of Be'eri the Hitti and Basmat the daughter of Elon the Hitti. 35They grieved Yitzchak’s and Revkah’s spirits.

Ya'akov Deceives Yitzchak

27 1It happened, that when Yitzchak was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called 'Esav his elder son, and said to him, “My son?”

He said to him, “Here I am.”

2He said, “See now, I am old. I don’t know the day of my death. 3Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and take me venison. 4Make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat, and that my soul may bless you before I die.”

5Revkah heard when Yitzchak spoke to 'Esav his son. 'Esav went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. 6Revkah spoke to Ya'akov her son, saying, “Behold, I heard your father speak to 'Esav your brother, saying, 7‘Bring me venison, and make me savory food, that I may eat, and bless you before ADONAI before my death.’ 8Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command you. 9Go now to the flock, and get me from there two good kids of the goats. I will make them savory food for your father, such as he loves. 10You shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before his death.”

11Ya'akov said to Revkah his mother, “Behold, 'Esav my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. 12What if my father touches me? I will seem to him as a deceiver, and I would bring a curse on myself, and not a blessing.”

13His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son. Only obey my voice, and go get them for me.”

14He went, and got them, and brought them to his mother. His mother made savory food, such as his father loved. 15Revkah took the good clothes of 'Esav, her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Ya'akov, her younger son. 16She put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands, and on the smooth of his neck. 17She gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Ya'akov.

18He came to his father, and said, “My father?”

He said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?”

19Ya'akov said to his father, “I am 'Esav your firstborn. I have done what you asked me to do. Please arise, sit and eat of my venison, that your soul may bless me.”

20Yitzchak said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?”

He said, “Because ADONAI your God gave me success.”

21Yitzchak said to Ya'akov, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son 'Esav or not.”

22Ya'akov went near to Yitzchak his father. He felt him, and said, “The voice is Ya'akov’s voice, but the hands are the hands of 'Esav.” 23He didn’t recognize him, because his hands were hairy, like his brother, 'Esav’s hands. So he blessed him. 24He said, “Are you really my son 'Esav?”

He said, “I am.”

25He said, “Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless you.”

He brought it near to him, and he ate. He brought him wine, and he drank. 26His father Yitzchak said to him, “Come near now, and kiss me, my son.” 27He came near, and kissed him. He smelled the smell of his clothing, and blessed him, and said,

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Shishi [6th]:   27:28-28:4

“Behold, the smell of my son
is as the smell of a field which ADONAI has blessed.
28God give you of the dew of the sky,
of the fatness of the earth,
and plenty of grain and new wine.
29Let peoples serve you,
and nations bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers.
Let your mother’s sons bow down to you.
Cursed be everyone who curses you.
Blessed be everyone who blesses you.”

30It happened, as soon as Yitzchak had made an end of blessing Ya'akov, and Ya'akov had just gone out from the presence of Yitzchak his father, that 'Esav his brother came in from his hunting. 31He also made savory food, and brought it to his father. He said to his father, “Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that your soul may bless me.”

32Yitzchak his father said to him, “Who are you?”

He said, “I am your son, your firstborn, 'Esav.”

33Yitzchak trembled violently, and said, “Who, then, is he who has taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and have blessed him? Yes, he will be blessed.”

34When 'Esav heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceeding great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, my father.”

35He said, “Your brother came with deceit, and has taken away your blessing.”

36He said, “Isn’t he rightly named Ya'akov? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright. See, now he has taken away my blessing.” He said, “Haven’t you reserved a blessing for me?”

37Yitzchak answered 'Esav, “Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brothers have I given to him for servants. With grain and new wine have I sustained him. What then will I do for you, my son?”

38'Esav said to his father, “Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, my father.” 'Esav lifted up his voice, and wept.

39Yitzchak his father answered him,

“Behold, of the fatness of the earth will be your dwelling,
and of the dew of the sky from above.
40By your sword will you live, and you will serve your brother.
It will happen, when you will break loose,
that you shall shake his yoke from off your neck.”

'Esav vs. Ya'akov

41'Esav hated Ya'akov because of the blessing with which his father blessed him. 'Esav said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are at hand. Then I will kill my brother Ya'akov.”

42The words of 'Esav, her elder son, were told to Revkah. She sent and called Ya'akov, her younger son, and said to him, “Behold, your brother 'Esav comforts himself about you by planning to kill you. 43Now therefore, my son, obey my voice. Arise, flee to Lavan, my brother, in Haran. 44Stay with him a few days, until your brother’s fury turns away; 45until your brother’s anger turn away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him. Then I will send, and get you from there. Why should I be bereaved of you both in one day?”

46Revkah said to Yitzchak, “I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth. If Ya'akov takes a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these, of the daughters of the land, what good will my life do me?”

28 1Yitzchak called Ya'akov, blessed him, and commanded him, “You are not take a wife from the daughters of Kena'an. 2Go to Paddan Aram, to the family of B'tu'el your mother’s father, and take a wife from among the daughters of Lavan, your mother’s brother. 3May El Shaddai bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a whole assembly of peoples. 4And may He give you the blessing He gave to Avraham, to you and to all your descendants, that you may possess the land through which you travel, the land which God gave to Avraham.”

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Shvi'i [7th]:   28:5-6

5Yitzchak sent Ya'akov away. He went to Paddan-Aram to Lavan, son of B'tu'el the Arami, Revkah’s brother, Ya'akov’s and 'Esav’s mother.

6Now 'Esav saw that Yitzchak had blessed Ya'akov and sent him away to Paddan-Aram, to find a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he gave him a command, saying, “You shall not marry any of the daughters of Kena'an,”

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Maftir [Concluding]:   28:7-9

7and that Ya'akov obeyed his father and his mother, and had gone to Paddan-Aram. 8'Esav saw that the daughters of Kena'an didn’t please Yitzchak, his father. 9'Esav went to Ishmael, and took Machalat, the daughter of Ishmael, Avraham’s son, the sister of N'vayot, to be his wife in addition to the wives that he already had.

The Blessing After Torah

Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lech hah-oh­lahm,
ah-sher nah-tahn la-noo toe-raht eh-met,
v’cha-yaye oh-lahm nah-tah b’toe-chay-noo.
Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai,  no-tain ha-to-rah.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has given us a Torah of truth,
and has planted eternal life in our midst.
Blessed are You, O Lord, Giver of the Torah.


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Haftarah

The Blessing of the Haftarah

Ba-rookh, ah-tah Adonai, eh-lo-hay-noo,
meh-lekh hah-oh­lahm,
ah-sher ba-khar been-vee-eem toe-veem,
v’rah-tzah b’deev­ray-hem,
ha-neh-eh-ma-reem, beh-eh-meht.

Ba-rookh ah-tah, Adonai,
ha-bo-char ba-to-rah,
oo-v’Mo-sheh ahv-doe, oo-v'yees­ra-ale ah-mo,
oo-veen-vee-aye hah-eh-met, vah-tzeh-dek.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who selected good prophets,
and was pleased with their words
which were spoken truthfully.

Blessed are You, O Lord,
Who chooses the Torah,
Your servant Moses, Your people Israel,
and prophets of truth and righteousness.


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an unknown male soloist from
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Mal'akhi (Malachi) 1:1-2:7 [TO TOP]

1 An oracle: the word of ADONAI to Yisra'el through Mal'akhi. “I love you,” says ADONAI.

“But you ask, ‘How have You loved us?’”

“Wasn’t Esav Ya`akov’s brother?” replies ADONAI, “Yet I loved Ya`akov; but I hated Esav. I made his mountains desolate and gave his territory to the desert jackals.”

Edom says, “We are beaten down, but we will return and rebuild the ruins.” ADONAI Tzva'ot answers, “They can rebuild, but I will demolish. Men will call them ‘The Wicked Land,’ the people against whom ADONAI shows wrath forever.

“You will see it say, ‘ADONAI is great even beyond the borders of Yisra'el!’

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, then where is the honor due Me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says ADONAI Tzva'ot to you Cohenim who despise My name.

“You ask, ‘How have we despised Your name?’ You offer polluted food on My altar! Then you ask, ‘How have we polluted you?’ B y saying, ‘ADONAI’s table does not deserve respect.’ When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, isn’t it evil? And when you offer lame and sick animals, isn’t that evil? Now try offering something like that to your governor! Will he be pleased with you? Or will he even receive you into his presence?” says ADONAI Tzva'ot.

9 “Now, when you pray for God’s favor and ask that He may be gracious to us, with all of this will He accept any of you?” asks ADONAI Tzva'ot. 10 “Why is there not at least one among you who would shut the doors, so that you might not light useless fire on My altar! I have no pleasure in you,” says ADONAI Tzva'ot, “and I will not accept an offering from you. 11 For from the farthest East to the farthest West, My name is great among the nations. Incense and pure offerings will be offered to My name everywhere, because My name is great among the nations,” says ADONAI Tzva'ot.

12 “But you profane My name by saying, ‘ADONAI's table is polluted so the fruit and food offerings deserve no respect,” 13 You also say, ‘How tiresome this is!’ and you scoff at it,” says ADONAI Tzva'ot. “You bring animals that have been violently taken, that are lame and sick. You dare to bring this kind of offering? Why should I accept this from you?” says ADONAI. 14 "And cursed is the deceiver who has a damaged male animal in his flock, but vows and sacrifices it to ADONAI anyway; for I am a great King,” says ADONAI Tzva'ot, “and My name is deeply respected among the nations.”

 2 1 “Now, you cohenim, this command is for you. If you won’t listen and take it to heart to give glory to My name,” says ADONAI Tzva'ot, “then will I send this curse on you, and I will turn your blessings into curses. Indeed, I have already cursed them because you do not lay it seriously. Watch and see, I will reject your descendants, and will throw dung in your faces, the dung of your festival offerings; and you will be hauled away with it. 4 Then you will know that I have sent you this command to confirm my covenant with Levi,” says ADONAI Tzva'ot. “My covenant with him was one of of life and shalom; and I gave them to him so that he might be reverent toward Me; and he was reverent toward me, and stood in awe of My name. The true Torah was in his mouth, and no unrighteousness was found on his lips. He walked with me in shalom and uprightness, and he turned many away from iniquity. A cohen’s lips should safeguard knowledge, and the people should seek the Torah from his mouth; because he is the messenger of ADONAI Tzva'ot.”

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Ketuvei HaShalichim
(Apostolic Writings)

The Blessing of the Ketuvei HaShalichim

Bah-rookh ah-tah Adonai, Eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lekh hah-oh­lahm,
ah-shehr nah-tahn la-noo mah-she-ahch Yeshua,
v’ha-deeb­rote shell Ha-breet Ha-kha-da-shah,
ba-rookh ah-ta Adonai,
no­tain Hah-breet Hah-kha-da-shah.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has given us Messiah Yeshua
and the commandments of the New Covenant.
Blessed are You, O Lord,
Giver of the New Covenant.


 

Romans 9:1-13

I am speaking the truth in Messiah; I am not lying. My conscience bears witness with me in Ruach HaKodesh my grief is so great, and the pain in my heart is constant, that I could wish that I myself were under God’s curse and separated from Messiah for the sake of my brothers, my own flesh and blood who are Yisra'elites! They were adopted as God’s own children, the Sh'khinah was with them, the covenants are theirs, as is the giving of the Torah, the Temple service, and the promises. 5The Patriarchs are theirs, and as far as physical descent is concerned, from them came Messiah, who is over all, may ADONAI be praised forever. Amein. But their current situation is not as though the word of God has failed. For not everyone who is from Yisra'el is truly a part of Yisra'el. Neither are they all children just because they are Avraham’s descentants. Rather, “What is to be called your “seed” will be in Yitzchak.” That is, it is not the physical children who are children of God, but rather the children of the promise refers to those who are considered seed. For this what the of promise said, “At the appointed time I will come, and Sarah will have a son.” 10 Not only that, but Rivka also conceived [both her children] by one act with our father Yitzchak, 11 and though they were not yet even born, before either of them had done anything that could be called either good or bad — so that God’s plan might unfold as a matter of His sovereign choice, not depending on their actions but only upon Him Who chooses — 12 she was told, “The elder will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written in the Tanakh, “Ya`akov I loved, but Esav I hated.”

Messianic Jews 11:20

Through his trust in God, Yitz'chak made reference to future events in his blessings over Ya'akov and Esav.

Messianic Jews 12:14-17

14 Pursue peace with all men, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one misses out on the God’s God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble and defiles many; 16 that no one among you be sexually immoral or godless, like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that afterwards, when he wanted to obtain his father’s blessing, he was rejected, because even though he sought for it with tears, his change of heart was to no avail.

The Blessing of the Messiah

Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai Eh-lo-hay-noo,
meh-lekh hah-oh-lahm,
ah-sher keed-sha-noo beed-va-reh-khah
v'na-tahn la-noo et Yeshuah M'shee-khay-noo,
v'tzee-va-noo l'he-oat oar lah-oh-lahm.
O-mein.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has sanctified us in Your Word,
and given us Yeshua, our Messiah,
and commanded us to be a light to the world.
Amen.


 

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