וַיַעַשׂ גַם הוּא מַטְעַמִים וַיָבֵא לְאָבִיו
In telling us that Yaakov brought his father delicious meat to eat before getting the blessings, the Torah uses the words “Vayovei L’Aviv” (“and he brought to his father”).
Look very carefully at the words as they are written in the Torah without the vowels.
Read these words backwards and you get the same exact thing!
Words and phrases like that are called palindromes, taken from the Greek, meaning ‘running back again.’
Some palindromes in English are:
Madam I’m Adam
Never odd or even
Was it a cat I saw?
No lemon, no melon
What’s the lesson?
Yaakov was bringing food to his father, performing the Mitzvah of Kibbud Av – honoring his father. Like these words which go forward and backward, Kibbud Av VaEim is one of those things that will eventually come back to you.
Treat your parents with respect, and your children will treat you with respect. What you give is what you’ll get!
BTW: Come to think of it, Mom and Dad are also palindromes and, in Hebrew… אמא and אבא!
Treat your parents with respect and later when you become parents, your kids will treat you with plenty of respect.