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Rebecca: (a) (1677- approx. 1554 BCE) Second of the four Matriarchs, wife of Isaac, mother of Jacob and Esau. Grew up in Padan Aram, amongst pagans, but remained a pristine “rose amongst thorns.” Orchestrated Jacob’s obtaining Isaac’s blessings. (b) A common Jewish name.
Do we have the power to change our own lives? Or are we entirely the product of our environment? A timely lesson from Rebecca.
In the parshah of Toldot, we read about Rebecca’s difficulty becoming pregnant; her pregnancy; the birth of her twins; her effort to make sure that her good son, Jacob, got Isaac’s blessings; her involvement in saving Jacob from the hands of Esau; and fin...
Was he right to deceive his father and to take from his brother the blessing Isaac sought to give him?
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