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Preview: Commentary on assorted observations, including: (1) From one vantage point, Adam and Eve’s mistake seems to be that they sought to take fruit from the world before producing fruit for the world; (2) Notice that the lifespans in the genealogy of Adam are divided into two: the years before birthing children and the years after birthing children; (3) The first people named “father” in all of the Torah are those who have no children – they are the “fathers” of inventions!
Preview: Almost word-for-word, the blessing Yitzchak receives before moving to Gerar is the blessing his father received following akedat Yitzchak. Some thoughts on how that blessing materialized during Yitzchak’s stay with Avimelech – and how the literary legacy of the akedah illustrates that true sacrifice never really ends.
Preview: In many ways, the “stealing the birthright” episode seems to bring us back to “eating the fruit of Eden” episode. In both, it is actually lack of trust and of communication between husbands and wives which produces spiritual breakdown.