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Bread and Salt
"Isaac entreated G-d opposite his wife, because she was barren".

Beard hair is the metaphor used to describe the divine energy that issues from the partzuf of Arich Anpin when its intellect descends into its emotions. Essentially, the Kabbalah teaches, Isaac's efforts were directed at stimulating the flow of this lofty divine light, which would eventually manifest in the Tribes of Israel via Rebecca.
Contention at the Well
The wells which Isaac dug correspond to spiritual sources of divine influx.
There are four wells of Isaac mentioned in this section of the Torah: Eisek, Sitnah, Rechovot, Shiva. Each well manifested a different manifestation of Divine Names. For example, the first state of chesed is keter, and it was manifest as the well that was named Eisek.
Fathers of Good and Evil
The evil offspring of Abraham and Isaac all play a role in the rectification of humankind
The Arizal teaches us that Abraham rectified the sin of idolatry when he was thrown into the fiery furnace in Ur. Isaac was attempting to have Esau rectify the murder-aspect of Adam's sin by having him bring him a two-flavored dish acquired by killing. Rebecca sought to rectify Adam's sin of listening to his wife for improper purposes by having her son listen to her for proper purposes.
On Guard from Age Thirteen until Twenty
It is not apparent to everyone when the Good Inclination enters the child's consciousness; only G-d is aware of this.
Jacob and Esau refer allegorically to the Evil and Good Inclinations. The fact that Esau was born first reflects the fact that even a newborn has an Evil Inclination, whereas the divine soul and Good Inclination enter the individual's consciousness gradually.
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