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Parsha:

The Weight of Gold – The Search for the Father
When I helped guide a young Christian business associate through a spiritual crisis, little did we know that it would result in a life-altering book. The Weight of Gold brings out the Torah’s universal messages for personal growth and social justice, showing that the Torah is indeed the User’s Guide to the human soul. Follow this blog each week for new insights into this ancient text.

[God] visits the iniquity of fathers upon children and the children’s children unto the third and fourth generation. – Exodus 34:7

The fathers shall not be put to death for the sins of the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the sins of the fathers. – Deuteronomy 24:16

Which is it? we ask. Are we fated to repeat the pattern of our fathers’ lives, or free to make our own destiny?

This week’s reading contains some of the best-known scenes in the Torah: Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for a mess of pottage (25:27–33); Jacob covers himself with a sheep’s pelt (ch. 27), tricks Isaac, his blind father, into believing he is Esau, and steals the blessing of the firstborn. Framing these episodes, the text also raises deep questions about the fraught legacy of sons and their fathers. For good or for ill, a man’s identification with his father is inescapable. And it lasts a lifetime. CLICK on here to read more.

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