Shabbat Parshat Toldot - AJC Shabbat Table
In this week's Shabbat Table, we savor red lentil soup and reflect on the story of Jacob and Esau. The Torah reminds us that Esau’s simple desire for a bowl of soup robbed him of his birthright forever, demonstrating how one must balance living in the moment with long-term consequences. We also provide some tools for discussing proposed legislation in Israel that would require the government to consult world Jewish leaders on issues affecting Diaspora Jewry. Lastly, we mark the birthday of Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann and review his central role in achieving statehood for Israel, which culminated in him becoming the new State's first President in 1948. And, we revisit the 1956 exile of Jews from Egypt shortly after Israel’s failed operation to overthrow the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser.