A Bissel to Nibble #4 of 5773

A Short Shabbat Reflection from the Weekly Torah Portion by Rabbi Mark Melamut

*Bissel: (bis-sel) Yiddish.  Meaning: “a little.” “Give me a bissel lox on my bagel, would you, darling?” A biselleh is even less. (www.bubbygram.com)

Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)

Rabbi Mark Melamut

Rabbi Mark Melamut of Congregation B’nai Emunah, San Francisco.

In our lives we face many big and small questions all the time.  This week in our torah reading cycle we witness the birth of twins, and of two nations, Jacob and Esau. Before they are born though, Rebekah asks a big question.  “And the children were running to and fro within her, and she said, ‘If so, why do I exist?’  She went to seek G-d.”  (Gen 25:22)

Was Rebekah expressing doubt or disbelief about what was soon to be born?
Was her pregnancy and the life within her causing her to ask a bigger question about her own existence?
Or, was she lamenting over the aches and pains of carrying children?


What do you think Rebekah’s question is really about?
How does her question motivate you to seek meaning and purpose in your life?

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Mark Melamut

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