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Toldot: Enough deceit

There is a tremendous amount of deceit in this week’s parasha, Toldot. The familiar story is that Esau’s birthright is taken out from under him by his brother Jacob, when Esau was most vulnerable, hungry, exhausted.  Then, when their father … Continue reading

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Vayishlach: Esau and the zero sum game

Here’s the thing. Stories tell a lot about the people telling them, not just the stories being told.  The same is true for midrashim, the tradition of commentaries and elaborations on Biblical text.  And of all the midrashim I have … Continue reading

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