𝐓𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐨𝐭, 𝐓𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐨𝐭, 𝐓𝐨𝐥’𝐝𝐨𝐭, 𝐓𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐨𝐬, 𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐨𝐥’𝐝𝐨𝐭𝐡 (תּוֹלְדֹת — Hebrew for “generations” or “descendants,” the second word and the first distinctive word in the parashah) is the sixth weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah reading. The parashah tells of the conflict between Jacob and Esau, Isaac’s passing off his wife Rebekah as his sister, and Isaac’s blessing of his sons. It constitutes Genesis 25:19–28:9. The parashah is made up of 5,426 Hebrew letters, 1,432 Hebrew words, 106 verses, and 173 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah).
Reflection: When we read this week’s Torah Portion we see a great deal of family dysfunction. We see Rebekah and Isaac choosing a child to favor, we see the division of brothers and we see Isaac repeating the same deceit as his father Abraham. The mistake Isaac repeated can be found in Genesis 26 when he lies and says Rebekah is his sister and not his wife due to fearing the men around him. In Genesis 20 we read that Abraham did this same thing while he and Sarah sojourned in Egypt. Maybe both Abraham and Isaac rationalized that they weren’t really lying since Sarah was Abraham’s half sister and Rebekah was Isaac’s cousin but this generational pattern of dishonesty would be passed on to Jacob (Jacob’s name could be translated as trickster) which is why we will see him wrestling with Yahweh and receiving the new name Israel.
𝙔𝙖𝙝𝙬𝙚𝙝 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙙𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙅𝙖𝙘𝙤𝙗 𝙗𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙗𝙚 𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙫𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙄𝙨𝙧𝙖𝙚𝙡. 𝘽𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙗𝙚 𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙫𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙔𝙖𝙝𝙬𝙚𝙝 𝙢𝙖𝙮 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙣𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙔𝙖𝙝𝙬𝙚𝙝 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙞𝙣𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙮.
Even the founding family of Israel had negative generational patterns that had to be broken. In every family both great or small there are negative patterns that we will repeat if we are not careful to examine our hearts and be honest with the next generation about our mistakes. In spite of the division and deceit Yahweh through his grace still made this family apart of his great plan for the Children of Israel and all humanity. May Yahweh’s Grace also reign in our families. Shalom!
𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿:
1. What generational patterns exist in your family?
2. What steps are you taking to continue the positive generational patterns in your family and what steps are you taking to end the negative generational patterns?
𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩: Pray about the negative generational patterns in your family and ask Yahweh to help them to stop with you.
Listen to my further thoughts on this Torah portion especially as it relates to Rebecca and the birthright on The Practical Torah Podcast on Apple iTunes or or listen on YouTube
𝗟𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸’𝘀 𝗧𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗵 𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻!