Torah Portion Toldos תולדות: These questions were posed to Rabbi Zev Leff

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Question No.96
CategoryTanach (Bible Topics)
Date PostedLate 2002
The QuestionWhat exactly is the birthright and what is the meaning of esav‘s selling the birthright? If it is the spiritual inheritance from Avraham, then Yitzchak was planning to give that to Yakov anyway as we see at the end of Toldot. Was there actually a chance of the Jewish people descending from esav? What would have happened had it not been “sold”? Yakov was the only one who was spiritually capable of this inheritance. Regarding the materialistic brachot, it seems there was enough to go around for both of them. Does the birthright refer to the materialistic bracha? Anonymous, Sunrise, FL
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Question No.89
CategoryTanach (Bible Topics)
Date PostedLate 2002
The QuestionWe are taught the Torah doesn’t waste any words but in parsha Toldos, there seems to be lot of repetition of family relationships in conversations e.g Rivka Imenu to Yaakov “Asov your brother..” Surely there was no need for her to remind him which Asov she was speaking about? Shimon Frais Ramat Beit Shemesh
The AnswerClick here to listen to Rabbi Leff’s answer.