Toldot: The Binding of Isaac... Where You Least Expect It

Toldot: The Binding of Isaac... Where You Least Expect It

Rabbi David Fohrman
Rabbi David Fohrman
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At face value, Parshat Toldot focuses on a conversation between Isaac and his sons, in which Isaac blesses them and passes on the family heritage (and in which Jacob famously steals Esau’s blessing). But hidden within that conversation is a reference to another, earlier conversation — arguably the most painful, incomprehensible conversation in the entire Torah. What story is being echoed here in our parsha? And what is the Torah trying to teach us by linking us back to this most difficult of biblical stories?