The Parsha Discussion with Alex Israel — Toldot. Living for Today; or for Tomorrow?

Posted by Alex Israel on November 28, 2019
Topics: The Parsha Discussion, Bereishit (Genesis), Toldot

Nahmanides explains that Esau spurned the birthright because it was only of value in the distant future, after his father’s death. Esau valued only the present, only what he could eat and enjoy in the moment. In contrast, Jacob was very much concerned with the future leadership of the family, with the covenant, and that was primary in his mind.

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Alex teaches Bible at Pardes and is the Director of the Community Education Program and the Summer Program. Alex was born and raised in London. He holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education London and Bar-Ilan University. Alex studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Rav Yehudah Amital, and gained Rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Rabbinate. Click here to read more.

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