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Divine Listening

Parshat Toledot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/divine_listening_20051202

This week's Torah portion begins with an issue that is a recurrent one for our foremothers -- difficulty conceiving. As Sarah before her and Rachel after her, Rebecca has trouble getting pregnant. After her husband Isaac pleads with God, she does conceive. But the pregnancy is a painful one -- so much so that Rebecca cries out with words to the effect of, "Would that I did not exist!" Out of this depth of despair she approaches God.

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