Toldot : Of Blindness and Blessings
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and his eyes were dim from seeing
. R Eleazar Ben Azariah taught: From seeingthe evil deeds of wicked Esau. For the Holy One Blessed be He said: Shall Isaac go outinto the marketplace and hear people say; This is that scoundrels father?µ I shalltherefore dim Isaac·s eyes so that he will stay home.Another opinion: from that seeing ²from the effect of what he saw at his binding.When out father Abraham bound his son upon the altar, the ministering angels weptand tears dropped from their eyes into Isaac·s eyes, leaving their mark upon them.Another option: from that seeing at the time of the binding. Because when Avrahambound his son Isaac on the altar, he raised his eyes into the heavens and saw theShechinah«Why did his eyes grow dim? To allow Yaacov to take the Brachot(Rashi + Bereshit Rabbah 65.10)
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And when Esau was 40, he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri theHittite, and Basmat the daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 And they were abitterness of spirit to Isaac and Rebekah.
And it came to pass, that whenIsaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau hiselder son, and said unto him: 'My son'; and he said unto him: 'Here am I.' 2 And hesaid: 'Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death. 3 Now thereforetake, I pray thee, your weapons, your quiver and bow, and go out to the field, andbring me venison; 4 and make me savoury food, like I love, and bring it to me, thatI may eat; that my soul may bless you before I die.'
And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessedIsaac his son; and Isaac dwelt with Beer-lechai-roi. 12 Now these are thegenerations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah'shandmaid, bore to Abraham. 13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the first-born of Ishmael, Nebiyot; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam«19 And these arethe generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begot Isaac.