This week’s portion, Toldot, tells us of Isaac’s blessing to Jacob: “May G-d (Elokim) give you from the dew of the heavens and the fat of the land, and abundance of grain and wine.”
This blessing is unusual in that the name of G-d used here is Elokim. Most blessings in the Torah are given using G-d’s name Havaya (spelled with the Hebrew letters yud, hay, vav and hay).
Every name of G-d represents a different expression of His energy in the world. The name Elokim represents strength, discernment and discipline. The name Havaya represents kindness, and an unbridled flow of G-d’s creative energy that makes existence possible.
So, we would think that blessings should come from kindness rather than discipline. Surely, a blessing that derives from strength coupled with discipline would be less powerful than one that stems from kindness. However, the opposite is true. The energy and life force that we receive from strength is greater because it is passionate and therefore unlimited.
According to Kabala, Abraham’s attribute was kindness, Isaac was strength and Jacob was harmony or truth. In Abraham’s lifetime, the G-dly blessings were according to his attribute and his mode of service, hence the name of Havaya appears in those blessings. After Abraham’s passing, the blessings started to come in accordance with Isaac’s attribute and his mode of service, hence the use of the name Elokim.
After the passing of Abraham we are told “And Elokim blessed Isaac his son.”
Nevertheless, we read in our portion of the lengths Jacob went to, doing things that were against his nature, just to secure Isaac’s blessings. If he already had G-d’s blessing, why did Jacob want Isaac’s blessings so badly? Because Isaac’s blessing of “May Elokim give you from the dew of the heavens. . .” was much more powerful even than the ones he had received directly from G-d!
We are Jacob’s descendants, and we have been given the ability to have an amazing effect on the world around us. What gives us the ability to have such a profound effect on the world? It is because we have Isaac’s powerful blessings from the name Elokim.
This is what it means when it says, “through him (Abraham) the nations of the world will be blessed.” That we, the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, will finish the mission that they started, change the world for good and bring Moshiach.
May we all enjoy the simple meaning of Isaac’s blessings, “May G-d give you from the dew of the heavens and the fat of the land, and abundance of grain and wine.” Together with every other blessing, including nachas, good health and abundance. And especially the greatest blessing, the coming of Moshiach. May he come soon.