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Torah Talk for Parashat Toldot

November 14, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Rivka gives birth to twins, Esav and Yaakov, who struggle with each other, and Yaakov engages in bargaining and deception to obtain the birthright and Yitzchak’s blessing.

Each of the brothers has an interesting name, or rather, two interesting names. Esav is also referred to as Edom, and Yaakov is renamed Yisrael after he struggles with the man/angel in Bereshit (Genesis) chapter 32. The Torah explains the origin of each of their names, but then doubles back on its own explanations. Read more >