August 23, 2019 |

Children of Isaac


i

Jacob and Esau are Isaac’s sons.



Esau is a hunter. But Jacob is a simple man, a dweller of tents.



Jacob’s offspring—and not Esau’s offspring—will carry the mantle of Isaac.



*

Once, Esau returns from the hunt and is hungry to the point of death. Jacob,
meanwhile, cooks lentils.



Esau remains hungry, though he hunts: though he seeks to capture food from far
and wide.



Meanwhile Jacob, a dweller of tents, makes a meal. A dweller of tents,
he understands how to use what is near at hand.

ii

Torah is the study of the holiness of the close-by. In it you jump into
questions like how to prepare meat, or what fire is, or what constitutes the
act of sewing.



*

Torah will be the task of the family of Isaac, through the end of time. So the
task of the family of Isaac is to grow nourishment from the-near-at hand. It is
a task for dwellers of tents.



Jacob is a dweller of tents. It is no surprise, then, that Jacob would
carry the mantle of his family.



*

We are that family.

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Abe Mezrich

Joined: October 11, 2007

Abe Mezrich is a new-York based writer and lecturer, and the author of a weekly dvar Torah. Contact him at amezrich@gmail.com.

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