Parashat Toldot - The Blessing of Avraham
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יא כסלו התשפא27.11.2020
At the end of Parashat Toldot, Yitzchak summons Yaakov, almost secretly, and warns him not to marry a Canaanite woman (28,1). Instead, Yaakov is to go to Padan Aram and make sure to take only a daughter of Rivka's family for a wife. Yitzchak then gives Yaakov yet another blessing – the very one that he had refused to grant Esav: Birkat Avraham, the Blessing of Avraham, encompassing the most basic elements of the G-d-Israel relationship. Given first to Avraham, and then to Yitzchak on his way to Gerar, it is now passed on to Yaakov:
וְיִתֶּן לְךָ אֶת בִּרְכַּת אַבְרָהָם, לְךָ וּלְזַרְעֲךָ אִתָּךְ,
לְרִשְׁתְּךָ אֶת אֶרֶץ מְגֻרֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר נָתַן אֱ-לֹהִים לְאַבְרָהָם.
May G-d grant you the blessing of Avraham, to you and your descendants with you,
to inherit the land of your dwelling that G-d gave to Avraham. (28,4)