Examining the story of Jacob and Esau, Rabbi Sacks presents an arresting, almost breathtaking, hypothesis that refutes the problem of sibling rivalry. He writes:
Its significance, set at the very center of Genesis, is unmistakable. Once we have decoded the mystery of Jacob, our understanding of covenant and identity will be changed forever.
The narrative of the two brothers seems to indicate that their fate is to clash, their destiny to conflict but, on closer reading Rabbi Sacks finds that something is amiss, it doesn’t quite ‘gel,’ and following that instinct he uncovers a succession of surprises!
Wrestling with the Angel – 14.30 minutes
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