Parashat Toldot: Scavenger Hunt

Parashah Scavenger Hunt שְׁאֵלוֹת הַשָּׁבוּעַ

Welcome to Devash's Parashah Scavenger Hunt for Parashat Toldot!

  • Twice in our parashah, the same exact word appears twice in a row. Where are the two places where this happens?
  • Where does God tell Yitzhak not to go?
  • What neighborhood in Yerushalayim is mentioned in our parashah?
  • Who is Avimelekh the king of?
Aliyah 3 (Bereishit 26:13-22)
  • What are the first three names of the wells that Yitzhak digs?
  • What do Yitzhak’s shepherds and the shepherds of Gerar argue about?
Aliyah 4 (Bereishit 26:23-29)
  • What is the name of the town where Avimelekh lives?
  • What two consecutive words in this aliyah sound the same, but have different meanings?
  • What does Yitzhak say when his son feels like Esav but sounds like Yaakov?
  • Which two people say הִנֵּנִי (hineini, here I am)?
  • What did Esav say he would do as soon as his father died?
  • According to Yitzhak’s blessing, what will Esav live on?
Aliyah 7 (Bereishit 28:5-9)
  • How was Esav related to his third wife, Mahalat?
  • What are the two ways that Esav and Yishmael are related?
Look anywhere in the parashah to find the answer to these questions!
  • How old was Yitzhak when Esav and Yaakov were born? Was Avraham alive at that time?
  • What made both Yitzhak and Rivkah upset at Esav?
  • Two names are used to describe the place where Rivkah’s brother, Lavan, lives. What are they?
  • How many times does Rivkah tell Yaakov שְׁמַע בְּקֹלִי (shma b’koli, listen to my voice/what I’m saying)?
  • How old was Yitzhak when Esav and Yaakov were born? Was Avraham alive at that time?
From the Haftarah (Malakhi 1:1-2:7)
Scroll down to see the answers!
Aliyah 1
  • אַבְרָהָם-אַבְרָהָם (Avraham-Avraham) and הָאָדֹם-הָאָדֹם (ha’adom-ha’adom)
  • Mitzrayim (26:2)
Aliyah 2
  • Me’ah She’arim
  • The Pelishtim (26:8)
Aliyah 3
  • 1. Eisek, 2. Sitnah, 3. Rehovot
  • Who the wells belong to (26:20-21)
Aliyah 4
  • Gerar
  • אַתָּה עַתָּה (atah atah, you now) (26:29). Some people pronounce their ayin in a more guttural way than their alef, so in that case the two words might not sound exactly the same, but still pretty close to identical.
Aliyah 5
  • הַקֹּל קוֹל יַעֲקֹב וְהַיָּדַיִם יְדֵי עֵשָׂו (the voice is the voice of Yaakov but the hands are the hands of Esav)
  • Esav (27:1) and Yitzhak (27:18)
Aliyah 6
  • Kill his brother, Yaakov
  • His sword (27:40)
Aliyah 7
  • Mahalat was the daughter of Yishmael, who was the brother of Yitzhak, who was the father of Esav—Esav was her first cousin
  • Yishmael is Esav’s uncle (his father Yitzhak’s brother), and also his father-in-law (the father of his wife Mahalat) (28:9)
From anywhere in the parashah
  • 60, and yes, Avraham was still alive—he died when the twins were 15
  • That he married Hittite women
  • Haran and Paddan-Aram
  • Three times: twice about the plan to get the blessing from Yitzhak, and once about fleeing to Lavan in Haran (27:8, 27:13, 27:43)
  • 60 (25:26), and yes, Avraham was alive. (Yitzhak was 100 years younger than Avraham, so, when Avraham dies at age 175 [25:7], Yitzhak would have been 75 and the twins would have been 15.)