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Welcome to Torah PORTIONS!
An online hub for learning and studying the weekly Bible portions from the Torah
Torah PORTIONS seeks to encourage Christians to become familiar with the five books of Moses. On these pages you can follow, read and hear the weekly portions from the Torah. We have created the structure of PORTIONS as a hub for teachers and students to link up, share with one another, and to focus on the weekly Torah portion.
Rachel and Leah
When Jacob took Esau's birthright and blessing, he got more than he bargained for: Two wives!
Here's how it happened. Laban had two daughters: Rachel and Leah. Leah was older, but the Torah says that she had "weak eyes." Rachel, on the other hand, was beautiful. What does it mean that Leah had weak eyes? The Hebrew word translated here as "weak" can also mean delicate, tender, or soft. Some translations understand it in the sense of "beautiful eyes." In that case, the Torah would be saying, "Leah had beautiful eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and face." Leah had beautiful eyes, but was not as attractive as her sister.
The above is an excerpt adapted from Torah Club resources, an extensive program with commentary on the whole Bible, published in six editions.