This week in Torah

Parashah 6 Toldot

November 26, 2022 – Toldot (“Generations”) – Parshat 6

  • Torah: Genesis 25:19-28:9
  • Haftara: Malachi 1:1-2:7
  • Brit Chadasha: Matthew 10:21-38

וְאֵ֛לֶּה תּוֹלְדֹ֥ת יִצְחָ֖ק בֶּן־אַבְרָהָ֑ם אַבְרָהָ֖ם הוֹלִ֥יד אֶת־יִצְחָֽק׃

Ve’eleh toldot Yitschak ben-Avraham Avraham holid et-Yitschak.

And these are the generations of Isaac, son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac.

The Rabbis saw a connection in the name of Ya’akov which sounds like the Hebrew word “heel” (akev) and the promise in B’reisheet (Gen. 3:15) about a coming seed of the woman (Mashiach), but that he would be bruised on the akev by the serpent. The Messianic psalm 89 ends with the phrase in verse 51 “your enemy’s have reproached, O LORD, they have reproached the heels of Your Messiah.”

“Our sages and scholars understood that these references to “the heels of the Messiah” speak of the last generation at the time of the fulfillment of the original promises to the fathers of emunah faith. Rabbinic sourses refer to the generation of the final redemption as the “heels of Messiah” (Ikveta deMeshicha) or “the footsteps of Messiah.” When things seem darkest, we should listen for the footsteps of Messiah:” [First Fruits of Zion, Shadows of the Messiah, Book 1 pg. 152 – Toldot]

“With the footsteps of Messiah, impertinence increases and famine increases. The vine gives it’s fruit and wine is expensive. The government turns to heresy and there is no reproof. The house of assembly will be for prostitutes, and Galilee will be laid waste and the [Golan] made desolate. The border inhabitants will go from town to town, receiving no hospitality, and no one will take pity on them. The wisdom of the scribes will sour, and those who fear sin will be rejected. Truth will be sealed away, and children will shame elders, and elders will rise before children, as it says [Micah 7:6], “For son treats father contemptuously, daughter rises up against he mother, daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own household.” The face of the [last] generation will be like the face of a dog. A son will not feel any shame before his father. Upon whom shall we depend? Upon our Father in heaven.” (m.Sotah 9:15)

I certainly sounds like the days we are in right now, can we hear Mashiach’s footsteps, are we listening for him? will we recognize his voice, and the sound of Him walking in the fields of Gan Eden, or the clouds of heaven?

Ya’acov was disguised when he went into Yitzhak’s tent to receive the birthright blessing. The account in Torah says his fathers eyesight was dim. Yitzhak said to his youngest son Ya’acov “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” Yitzhak heard the voice of the one whom was named Ya’Akev” heel grasper, and blessed the one for whom the blessing was meant, the one who holds onto the heels of Mashiach.

Enjoy another week searching for fractals and types of Mashiach in Ya’acov in Parshat Toldot!

Shalom Mish’pachah from Beth Hallel Lodi