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Parsha Toledot

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Toledot תּֽוֹלְדֹ֥ת is translated as “generation” and is the sixth Torah reading in the annual reading cycle. There are three ways to spell “toledot”, “t-o-l-d-o-s”, or “t-o-l’-d-o-t-h”

Toledot parsha summary

In parsha toledot, we begin with Isaac and his descendants. Rebekah becomes pregnant and has a difficult pregnancy. She discovers the twins, Esau and Jacob, are struggling within her because they are both nations. We  are given a brief description of the twins. Then our story reveals how Esau sells his birthright to Jacob.

Famine occurs in the land. HaShem instructs Isaac not to leave the land. King Abimelech takes Rebekah and HaShem reveals his displeasure to him. Abimelech confronts Isaac and sends them away. From here Isaac struggles with the Philistines over his father’s wells. Esau marries two women, Judith and Basemath. Isaac blesses Jacob and sends him away to Paddan-aram to Laban his uncle.

Toledot תּֽוֹלְדֹ֥ת is the second word and in the Hebrew text (see text below).