Contents Calendar Find Reference
Torah 
Navigating the Bible
Genesis Toledot
Genesis
  Bereshit
  Noach
  Lech Lecha
  VaYera
  Chayey Sarah
  Toledot
  VaYetse
  VaYishlach
  VaYeshev
  MiKets
  VaYigash
  VaYechi
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
First Reading, Second Reading, Third Reading, Fourth Reading, Fifth Reading, Sixth Reading, Seventh Reading, Last Reading

Toledot

  
BackForward
 25:22
 25:23
 25:24
 25:25
25:23 God's word to her was, 'Two nations are in your womb. Two governments will separate from inside you. The upper hand will go from one government to the other. The greater one will serve the younger.'
Vayomer Adonay lah shney goyim bevitnech ushney le'umim mime'aych yiparedu ule'om mil'om ye'emats verav ya'avod tsa'ir.
25:24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twins in her womb.
Vayimle'u yameyha laledet vehineh tomim bevitnah.
25:25 The first one came out reddish, as hairy as a fur coat. They named him Esau.
Vayetse harishon admoni kulo ke'aderet se'ar vayikre'u shmo Esav.



Commentary:

The greater one...
  Rebecca thus knew that Jacob would be the chosen one. This explains Genesis 25:28 and 28:5.

reddish
  Either with a ruddy complexion (Ibn Janach; cf. Midrash HaGadol) or with red hair (cf. Torah Sh'lemah 131). Cf. 1 Samuel 16:12. Others translate admoni as 'manly' (Chizzkuni; cf. Josephus, Antiquities 1:18:1). In any case, the word is a play on Edom, see Genesis 25:30.

hairy
  Se'ar in Hebrew, from which Seir is derived (cf. Genesis 32:4; see Josephus, Antiquities 1:18:1; Torah Sh'lemah 141). See Genesis 27:11.

Esau
  Esav in Hebrew; literally 'made' or 'completed' (Rashbam; cf. Lekach Tov).





Copyright © 2000 World ORT
Notice: This computer program is protected by copyright law and international treaties. Unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this program, or any portion of it, may result in severe civil and criminal penalties, and will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under the law.