Esau
Was Esau the Father of Christianity?

Was Esau the Father of Christianity?

While she was pregnant, Rebecca complained of pain. God reassured her that the twins she was carrying would both establish great nations (Genesis 25:23). The Bible follows the story of Jacob as his family grows into the nation of Israel....

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How to Get High on God?

How to Get High on God?

What's the difference between getting high on drugs and getting high on God? Rabbi Shlomo Katz explains based on the Torah portion of Toldot that a Godly high keeps you high, but getting high on drugs, leaves you feeling low.

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Sibling Rivalry Between Jacob and Esau

Sibling Rivalry Between Jacob and Esau

Sondra Oster Baras explains the sibling rivalry between Jacob and Esau. Jewish Bible commentaries explain that the rivalry between Jacob and Esau is carried out by their descendants, Jews and Christians. She brings many fascinating...

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The Older Will Serve the Younger

The Older Will Serve the Younger

Two nations are in your womb, two separate peoples shall issue from your body; one people shall be mightier than the other, and the older shall serve the younger. "וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה לָהּ שְׁנֵי גיים [גוֹיִם] בְּבִטְנֵךְ וּשְׁנֵי לְאֻמִּים...

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How to Cook Jacob’s Lentil Stew

How to Cook Jacob’s Lentil Stew

Jacob then gave Esau bread and lentil stew; he ate and drank, and he rose and went away. Thus did Esau spurn the birthright. וְיַעֲקֹב נָתַן לְעֵשָׂו לֶחֶם וּנְזִיד עֲדָשִׁים וַיֹּאכַל וַיֵּשְׁתְּ וַיָּקָם וַיֵּלַךְ וַיִּבֶז עֵשָׂו...

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The Truth About Jacob’s Lentil Stew

The Truth About Jacob’s Lentil Stew

Esau returned home from the field to find Jacob cooking lentil stew. Famished from a tiring day of hunting, Esau demanded that Jacob give him some lentil stew to eat, Jacob agreed on the condition that Esau would sell him his birthright....

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The Portion of Vayishlach

The Portion of Vayishlach

In this week’s portion, Jacob prepares to face his brother after many years apart, cognizant of Esau’s vow to destroy him one day. He readies his camp and prays, and sends gifts to appease his brother. Before the encounter, Jacob...

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The Portion of Toldot

The Portion of Toldot

Our portion tells the story of Jacob and Esau, from birth through their famous feud. It also includes Isaac’s experiences in the land of Gerar, where he re-digs the wells of his father.

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