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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 10 Apr 2020 05:41 PM and ends Sat 11 Apr 2020 06:40 PM

Parshat Toldot Summary

ג' כסלו ה' אלפים תש"ע

Overall Summary
In this week's Parsha reading Yitzchak (Isaac) marries Rivkah and their twin sons Yaakov (Jacob) and Esau are born. Yitzchak relocates to Philistine where he digs wells, resulting in friction between him and the local population. Rivkah and Yaakov deceive Yitzchak (Isaac), tricking him into giving Yaakov the blessings that he had intended for his brother Esau.

 Summary of Aliyot
The Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally meaning to 'Go up' since for each Aliya, one person called up to make a bracha [blessing] on the particular Torah Reading.
1st Aliya: Yitzchak (Isaac) is 40 years old when he marries Rivkah. After 20 years of marriage Esav and Yakov are born.
2nd Aliya: Yitzchak and Rivkah and the famine in the land forces them to settle among the Philastines (called Plishtim). Yitzchak, like his father before him, has a moral confrontation with Avimelech, after which his fields are uniquely prolific and financially successful.
3rd Aliya: Yitzchak's financial success leads to jealousy with his Plishtim neighbors. He re-digs Avraham's wells, resulting in a confrontation with them over water rights. He moves back to Beer Sheva.
4th Aliya: Hashem (G-d) appears to Yitzchak in a dream and blesses him telling him about the future of his children. Avimelech, the King of the Plishtim make a peace treaty with Yitzchak.
5th Aliya: The peace treaty is celebrated, Esav marries two Canaanite women at the age of 40 bringing disappointment to his parents, Yitzchak and Rivkah. Yitzchak is 123 years old, Yitzchak blesses Yakov and Esav. Rivka understands that Yaakov is entitled to the blessing. The Parsha decribes how Rivka helps Yakov pretending that he is his brother.

6th Aliya: Yitzchak blesses Yakov with spiritual and material gain. Esav returns to find tha he had been deceived by his brother Yakov. He receives his own blessing for material gain, and is determined to kill Yakov. Rivkah, fearful for Yakov's life, convinces Yitzchak to send Yakov to her brother Lavan in search of a wife.

7th Aliya: Yakov departs for Padan Aram, and Esav marries the daughter of Yishmael.

Haftorah Malachi 1:1-2:7

This week's haftorah follows the theme of this week's Parsha details the choice of Yaakov by Hashem (G‑d) as his children as his people to receive the Torah and become the Patriarhs, and Hashem's hatred for Esau if his decendants persecute their cousins. The prophet Malachi then rebukes the Kohanim (priests) who offer insincere service and blemished animals on G-d's altar, rather than their first and best animals and encourages them to return to the original covenant that G‑d had made with their ancestor, Aaron the High Priest. "True teaching was in his mouth, and injustice was not found on his lips. In peace and equity he went with Me, and he brought back many from iniquity."


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