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Esau: (1653-1506 BCE) Also known as Edom. Son of Rebecca and Isaac. He sold his birthright to his younger twin Jacob. A hunter, he led an immoral lifestyle, though he excelled in honoring his father. He eventually settled in Seir, and is the progenitor of Edom.
The Kabbalists see Esau and Jacob as the embodiments of the primordial world of Tohu (“Chaos”) and our present reality-process of Tikkun (“correction”)
Don’t get caught on a single-minded track just because it’s always worked for you. Be Like Jacob, and think outside the box.
We should never underestimate the power of our good behavior on others, even someone with a long history of belligerence like Esau.
A Boring Life Can Be Terrible. A Drastic Move is Sometimes in Order—and Sometimes It’s Not
Sometimes it’s just a camel when it’s supposed to be a cow. A non-kosher offering to a pagan god.
In parshat Vayishlach, we read that Jacob heard that Esau was coming towards him with 400 armed men, intent on destroying him. Jacob was afraid, so he divided everything he had into two camps, thinking that if Esau attacks one, the other will survive. He ...
Jacob's descent to Charan, where he lived with Laban, is the descent of the soul into the world.
For the Haftarah of Vayishlach, From the Teachings of the Rebbe
Esau is called Edom because edom means “red,” which was the color of the lentil soup he sold his firstborn right for.
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