The Torah In Haiku: Toldot

Rivkah and Ya’kov
Conspire to mislead Yitzchak
She knows it’s G-d’s will

Another story
Of family dysfunction
Our founders? Human.

The commentators say Rebeccah had to make sure Jacob got Isaac’s blessing, because of what G-d told her when she was pregnant and the twins were fighting in her womb.

Genesis 25:23
“And G-d said to her: Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples shall be separated from your bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.”

This is not the first time the actions of our patriarchs and matriarchs seem more a cautionary tale than behavior we should emulate. But they accomplish great things despite their human frailties. So there’s hope for us, too.

[I found the image above on the website of The Ratner Museum, which has a wonderful collection of original paintings of Bible stories.]



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About Ed Nickow

Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai, Long Grove, IL. This post is from his blog The Torah in Haiku.

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