Toldos 5776

This week , Parshas Toldos , Rabbi Hirschfeld shared the following ideas:

Each parshah in Sefer Beraishis has a unique connection with each one of us. In his peirush on Sefer Yitzirah, the Gaon writes that the concept “Masseh Avos Siman Labanim” applies to every Yid on an individual level. In this week’s parsha, Yaakov Avinu receives the brachos.

Before receiving the brachos, Yaakov appears to be having a “pleasant” life. He was learning in Yeshiva all day. He probably learnt with Yitzchak daily. However, once he receives the brachos, his life seems to have become much more complicated. Suddenly, Esav wants to kill him, Eliphaz tries to kill him, and Lavan tricks him multiple times. How come this begins only after receiving the brachos?

Additionally, how come there was only one bracha that had to be given to either Yaakov or Esav? Couldn’t it be shared?

The “SHLAH” explains that our purpose as Yidden is to make an inhabitable place for the Ribono Shel Oilam in this world (“dira btachtonim”). Yitzchak saw Yaakov as someone engrossed in learning and not as someone who is connected to everyday living in this world. On the other hand, he saw that Eisav was a “man of the field” and thought he would be better suited to create an abode in this world for the Ribono Shel Oilam. This was not a bracha/mandate that could be divided. Yaakov would represent Torah and Esav would represent elevation of mankind.

This is why Yitzhcak used the expression “lift up your weapons,” meaning, make HOLY all your mundane things for service to the Ribono Shel Oilam.

Rivka decided that Esav was not up to this job and would not allow Yaakov to continue learning. Yaakov received a new, additional task with the brachos. Thus, Yaakov immediately began to face “test after “test” related to mundane life. He now needed to become a “holy person” through all the human interactions and chores involved in daily living while remaining faithful to the Ribono Shel Oilam . We as bnei yisroel have these “dual mandates”. While we do need to interact with the world, we need to remain faithful and holy. Simultaneously we are also required to fill our lives with Torah learning.