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11. "And there was a famine in the land..."

  The Rabbis discuss The Creator's testing of the righteous, and His treatment of the wicked. There is a delay in executing judgment against the wicked in order to give them time to repent. The Creator, we're told, tests the righteous in order to help them lift up their...
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12. "And he said, "˜She is my sister'"

  Here the discussion explains why Abraham and Isaac replied as above when they were asked about their wives. This episode is linked to the Shechinah, the Divine Presence of Creator in the physical realm. The dual meaning of the word sister is revealed as an allusion to...
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13. "And Abimelech charged"

  We learn how the actions and conduct of the righteous people, such as the Patriarch Yitzchak, help to build and strengthen our physical dimension of Malchut. These acts of the righteous are mirrored in our own spiritually significant actions, as in the laying of...
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14. "And he called the name of it Rechovot"

  Here, the Rabbis expound meaning of the Sfirot through a discussion of the "World to come."World to Come. It is said that the Torah's more mundane verses possess hidden meanings pertaining to the spiritual processes that the Patriarchspatriarchs endured in Upper...
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15. "his eyes were dim, so that he could not see"

 Rabbi Shimon and his son Rabbi Elazar discuss differences in the eyesight of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as they grow older, and the significance of this for our realm of Malchut and the supernal mysteries. The Patriarchspatriarchs were connected to Left Column, which...
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16. "And he said, Behold now, I am old,

I know not the day of my death"  The events leading to Yitzchak's 'mistaken-identity' blessing of Jacob are discussed by Rabbi Elazar, as he expounds upon the significance of trust in the story of the fiery furnace. In the story, three righteous people are tossed into...
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17. "The best clothes of her eldest son Esau"

  In this section the Rabbis continue their analysis of events leading to Yitzchak's "mistaken" blessing of Jacob. They explain the origin of Esau's clothing, which was given by Rivkah to Jacob. In truth, Isaac was not deceived intothe believing Jacob was actually Esau...
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18. "In my distress I cried to Hashem, and He heard me"

  We learn why Jacob's cunning in receiving Isaac's blessing was actually necessary to save the world from the same serpent that had earlier caused the fall of Adam. The Rabbis next give counsel on the meaning for all Yisrael of the multiple blessings given to Jacob and...
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19. The Blessings

   The Zohar expounds upon the blessings that were originally intended for Esau but deceitfully appropriated by Jacob. Like all stories in scripture, this one is imbued with deeper meaning. In truth, the episode of "The Blessings" concerns the establishment of the...
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