<I>Toldot</I>: Of Heavens and Earth

Prioritizing spiritual and material achievements.

Aloh Naaleh,

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In parshat Toldot, we are presented with the blessing that Yitzchak gave to Yaakov: "May HaShem give you of the dew of the heavens and the rich bounty of the earth." (Bereshit 27:28)

What was so unique and important in this blessing that Esav began to cry that he had missed receiving it? Esav did receive what seems to be a similar blessing, albeit in reverse: "Behold of the rich bounty of the earth shall be your dwelling place and the dew of the heaven from above." What is the significance?

The Kli Yakar, in his insightful wisdom, believes that Yitzchak was blessing each son with their own priorities. Yaakov, whose emphasis was on G-d's help and support, was blessed with dew coming from the heavens as the primary source of his well-being; while Esav
What was so unique and important in this blessing that Esav began to cry?
received a blessing attuned to his philosophy of life, whereby the significant support is man himself and, therefore, “the rich bounty of the earth” is primary.

I once read that the late Chief Rabbi Joseph Hertz referred to these blessings in homiletic terms. There is nothing wrong in requesting both spiritual and material achievement, but many times, parents may put the emphasis for their children on getting a good job, and fulfilling their materialistic needs, while pushing off the child's spiritual growth until it is too late.

For our unique people, "the dew of the heavens" must come before "the rich bounty of the earth." This is why parents must realize that the holiness of Eretz Yisrael should take priority over "the rich bounty of the (Diaspora) earth."
Rabbi Chanoch Yeres , Beit Knesset, Beit Yisroel, Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem National Coordinator , Jewish Heritage Program for the Deaf ,Council of Young Israel Rabbis

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