The Sabbath Torah Portion – Tol’doth (Progeny)
The entire portion is Genesis 25:19—28:9
The Bible Through the Seasons follows those Jewish traditions that divide the portion into thirds. This year, we read Part 2. Genesis 26:23—27:29
Families are like mobiles. Ideally, each part of the mobile hangs freely in their proper place, all of them suspended by one string. Few families are like that; most are tangled together, resulting in the term, “dysfunctional family.”
The family of Isaac and Rebecca has seeds of dysfunction within it. Esau, selling his birthright for food—is he not also responsible for the loss of the blessing, which Isaac gave to the deceitful Jacob? Then there is the preferential treatment of Rebecca to Jacob, and the latter’s complicity with her plan. Even Isaac needed to trust his nose more than his hands when he “smelled” something not quite right when Jacob approached him as Esau.
We are responsible for the situations in which we find ourselves. This frees us from the language of blame, reserving the discovering of our guilt when we go and pray to the Father in secret.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.