Parashat Toldot (Generations)
Life is not always lineal and direct. We will always find people who will cheat, will not treat you as you expect, and try to take advantage of you.
In this section it is our forefather, Jacob, who will cheat his father and steal the blessing from his brother. Jacob has the same root in Hebrew as “crooked,” while “Israel” has the same root as straight and honest.
What will Jacob use in order to cheat? Garments. The words begged (garment), and meil (coat) are related to two other terms in Hebrew. Begged has the same root as traitor (bogged), and meil has the same root as meilah, a type of stealing and cheating.
Watch out!!! Some people may dress very well but under the garments they may hide some things…
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher, Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak z”l.