Legacy Project

Weekly Unscrolled Torah Portion: Tol’Dot

November 5, 2021

Joshua Foer cleverly shows in this week’s Torah portion who Esau, the son of Isaac and Rebecca and twin of Jacob, really was: the first Jew to wish he wasn’t.  “Esau was the first Jew to leave the fold. The first to not have to worry about treifing up the dishes, or getting up early to go to shul, who no longer had to say, “I do this, even though I’m not sure why.”


Joshua Foer’s writing has appeared in The New YorkerNational GeographicEsquireSlateOutside, the New York Times, and other publications. Moonwalking with Einstein, an international best seller published in 34 languages, is his first book. Josh is the co-founder of the online guide to the world’s wonders & curiosities, Atlas Obscura, and co-author of the #1 NYT best seller Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders. He is also the co-founder of the non-profit Sefaria, and of the design competition Sukkah City.

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