This week I’m talking about how we label our kids, how we love our kids and our time in the blackout.
In this week’s parsha, Parshat Toldot, we meet Isaac and Rebecca’s sons, Esau and Jacob. Although they are twin brothers, they are very different both internally and externally. According to Genesis 25:27, “Esau was a man who understood hunting, a man of the field, whereas Jacob was an pure man, dwelling in tents.”
Esav and Yaakov are prominently featured in this week’s Torah portion. Upon returning from his hunting grounds, Esav, who is completely famished, storms into his home and demands from Yaakov the “red, red stew” that Yaakov is cooking. Yaakov agrees on condition that Esav exchanges the red stew for his birthright. And so Esav sells his birthright to Yaakov for a bowl of red stew.
Today we take a step back to look at the bigger picture.
This week’s Torah reading introduces us to betrayal, between brothers, between husband and wife and between father and son.
Yitzchak marries Rivka and together they begin a family with twins — Esav and Yaakov. One brother spends his time out in the field and the other sitting in his tent. A plan is hatched by Rivka to make sure Yaakov receives his father’s first blessing though he is the younger child.
Help Esau find his way to the lentil stew! Esau came home form the field one day starving. Jacob agreed to give Esau some lentil soup only after Esau sold him his birthright. Esau agreed and sat down for a meal of bread and lentil soup! Click the icon below to download a printer-friendly version.
How do you think you deal with life’s disappointments? Go around the table and give an example of a disappointment you experienced this week.
This week’s parsha food is a NO BRAINER! Breisheet makes it easy for us by painting such vivid stories for us that they often already include recipes, or at least food mentions. This week Esav trades his birthright to his brother, Yaakov, for some red lentil soup (See Genesis 25:29-34). It seems that Red Lentil Soup can be very persuasive.