Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Toldot

In this week’s Torah portion Toldot – Genesis 25:19 – 28:9, we read about the birth of Esau and Jacob, the forfeiture of the birthright of Esau and the blessing of the firstborn being bestowed on Jacob through the intrigues of his mother Rebekah, which, in turn, results in him running for his life to his uncle Laban in Paddan-aram.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 25:19-26:5 (21 p’sukim)

2: 26:6-12 (7 p’sukim)

3: 26:13-22 (10 p’sukim)

4: 26:23-29 (7 p’sukim)

5: 26:30-27:27 (33 p’sukim)

6: 27:28-28:4 (23 p’sukim)

7: 28:5-9 (5 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is Malachi 1:1 – 2:7.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Bereishit by Dr. Hollisa Alewine

Audio/Visual

The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team (this is for this week’s portion, in particular):

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will be focusing on the middah (virtue) of gevurah which can be translated as restraint, strength, or self-control. We cannot have balance in our lives if we do not temper loving-kindness and compassion with self-control. We must realize that we cannot control anything or anyone, only ourselves and how we react and respond. Riverton Mussar doesn’t have a middah on self-control, but the closest I found which I think goes along with this week’s character trait is moderation: http://rivertonmussar.org/middot-character-traits/moderation

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Gevurah (Self-control/restraint). Under the virtue, write out the suggested practices listed below. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.

  • Identify something you do in excess and cut back.
  • Is there something that you withhold for no good reason? Try integrating it into your life if it is good.
  • Identify a passion. Take a break from it for a week.

Blessings and Shalom,

S~