Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section
is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person
to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading.
Yitzchak is 40 years old (2088) when he marries Rivkah. After 20
years, Esav and Yakov are born. The Parsha jumps from their birth to Yakov's
purchase of the 1st born rights from Esav at the age of 15. (2123 - the day
The Parsha returns to the story of Yitzchak and Rivkah and the
famine which forces them to settle among the Plishtim. Yitzchak, like his
father before him, has a moral confrontation with Avimelech, after which his
fields are uniquely prolific and financially successful.
Yitzchak's financial success leads to jealousy with his Plishtim
neighbors. He re-digs Avraham's wells, resulting in a confrontation with the
Plishtim over water rights. He moves back to Beer Sheva.
Hashem (G-d), in a dream, confirms for Yitzchak the future of his
children. Avimelech, the King of the Plishtim, and his General, Phicol,
approach Yitzchak to make a peace treaty.
The treaty between Yitzchak and the Plishtim is celebrated. The
Parsha returns to the story of Yakov and Esav. Esav's marriage to two
Canaanite women at the age of 40 (2148) brings disappointment to Yitzchak and
Rivkah. In 2171, when Yakov and Esav are 63 and Yitzchak is 123, Yitzchak
blesses Yakov and Esav. The Parsha details the duplicity of Yakov and Rivkah
in fooling Yitzchak.
Yitzchak blesses Yakov with spiritual and material gain, after
which Esav returns to discover Yakov's plot. He receives his own blessing for
material gain, and is determined to kill Yakov. Rivkah, fearful for Yakov's
life, convinces Yitzchak to send Yakov to her brother Lavan in search of a
shiduch - a wife. Yitzchak confirms on Yakov the future of the Jewish nation before his departure to Lavan.
Yakov departs for Padan Aram, and Esav marries the daughter of
Yishmael. (his 1/2 1st cousin)