03.12.2011 07.Kislev. 5772 Wajeze
"Then he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying 'Jacob has taken all that belonged to our father, and from that which belonged to our father he amassed all this wealth’" (Genesis 21:1).
This week’s portion, Vayetze, records Jacob’s flight to the land of Aram-Naharayim, where he spends 22 years with his wily and deceptive uncle Laban. Jacob flees because his brother Esau threatened to murder him for deceptively taking the blessings that their father, Isaac, had meant for Esau.
Underlying this fateful act of deception is a tug-of-war between the parents of these rival twins, in which Isaac favors the elder son, Esau, “a man who knows the business of trapping [both by aggressively hunting and by deceitfully ensnaring], a man of the outdoor fields”, whereas Rebekah favors the younger Jacob, “a whole-hearted, naïve man, an introspective and scholarly dweller of tents”….