Parsha ‘Toldot’ (Genesis 25:19:1 through 28:9) details the life of the patriarch Yitzak (Isaac) after his marriage, the birth of their twins, and then perhaps one of the more “problematic” deceptions in Scripture.

The Erev Shabbat reading lays it out:

And offten, the focus of the midrash for this parsha tends to be the drama of Yakov evidently lying to his father Yitzak, while impersonating his brother Esau. But just how great was that deception, really, and how does the context matter?

But Mark suggests the story only begins with, ‘what did Yitzak know, and when did he know it?’
Or, when did he at least figure it out?

We know that there is a conflict described here that is still raging.

And what seems to be all-too-often “glossed over” or even just ignored, is, “what is that birthright?”

“Toldot: What About Edom?”

The combined two-part teaching is here: