Gal Einai: *Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh*
*Toldot: Friday: “And He Shall Give You”*
Isaac blesses Jacob, _“And G-d shall give you from the dew of heaven and from the fat of the Land and an abundance of corn and wine.”_ Why does Isaac add the word, “And” at the beginning of his blessing? After all, this is the first sentence in his blessing!
This is why Rashi explains, “He will give and give again”. In other words, a never-ending blessing. He will give and give again and again…for eternity.
We must also go in G-d’s path and adopt this character trait: Never-ending giving of charity and loving-kindness, to give and to give again. The more that we conduct ourselves in this way, the more that the Holy One, Blessed Be He will give to us and give to us again – an abundance of blessing with no end.
This year, the Friday of the Torah portion of Toldot falls out on the 28th of Cheshvan. This is the 58th day from the beginning of the year. 58 is the numerical value of the word חן, _chen,_ which means “grace”. The concept of grace in the Torah is expressed by the completeness of symmetry, exactly like the first appearance of _chen_ in the Torah: _“And Noah found favor_ (‘grace’ *chen*) _in the eyes of G-d”_. The Hebrew for Noah, *נח* , is *חן* _chen_ in reverse.
The Hebrew word for _“And He will give”_ in our verse, ויתן , _Veyiten_, also hints to the secret of _chen_. If we write out the letters of the word _chen_ in Hebrew in full, _chet חית_ and _nun _ נון, we discover that the letters that fill out those two words actually spell out ויתן , _Veyiten_. The letters that fill out the _nun_ - _vav_ and _nun_, surround the letters that fill out the _chet – yud_ and _tav_. Something so graceful always finds favor, awakening never-ending giving. He will give and give again and again.
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*The translations this week l’ilui nishmat Alteh Necheh bat Chaim Nuta and R’ Elimelech ben Moshe.*