This is the “burden” (i.e., the difficult prophecy) that G-d gave to Israel through the prophet Malachi. (Some say Malachi was in fact Ezra. The name Malachi means “my messenger.” Malachi and Ezra lived at the same time and addressed many of the same issues.) G-d says that He loves Israel. If they should question […]
“And Esav said to Yaakov, “Let me swallow some of this red food for I am tired.” Therefore, his name is Edom”. (Beresheit 25:30) Esav returns from the field exhausted. Yaakov is preparing a lentil porridge. Esav asks Yaakov to give him the porridge. Yaakov offers to exchange the porridge for Esav’s rights as firstborn. […]
“And Yitzchak answered and said unto Esav: Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him; and what then shall I do for you, my son?” (Beresheit 27:37) Our parasha discusses the birth of Yaakov and Esav […]
Disillusionment. I first learned about it on a park bench on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where I attended high school. I learned about it from three old gentlemen, each affected differently by disillusionment, and each with a different lesson to teach.