The Torah portion of “Toldot” (Genesis 25:19–28:9) tells the story of the famous, or infamous, twins: Jacob and Esau.
Although Esau was born first, he sold his “birthright” and all the associated privileges of being firstborn to his brother Jacob in exchange for a bowl of hot soup.
What is special about being a firstborn in Judaism? What are the rights, privileges and responsibilities? Why does this prestigious status extend to animals – and even fruit?
Rabbi Ari Enkin explores the unique status of the firstborn and whether they really get a double portion of the family inheritance!