As you have done to others, so others will do to you
Rebecca used Jacob to deceive Isaac into giving him the blessing reserved for the eldest son. Was she, maybe, justified in deceiving Isaac? What were the repercussions of this deceit?
The first instance of anti-semitism is spelled out in this weeks portion.
One defintion of Anti-semitism could be; the irrational hate of a minority, i.e. a group of people who are different from the people surrounding them, based soley on their success as compared to the majority.
In this week's portion God blessed Isaac and his crops grew 100 fold over his neighbors. The Philistines grew envious of Isaac and even though it went against their best interests, they filled in the wells he had dug and eventually drove him from their lands. Had they cooperated with Isaac and shared the water and crops, had they allowed him to teach them how to find water, they could have benefited greatly, however irrational hate of a successful minority took precedence over their own well being.
Anti-semitism is no different; antisemites will in one breath contradict themselves with irrational arguments, Jews control the media, yet the western media is openly biased aginst Jews. Jews control the governments, yet Israel is demonized on a daily basis in the UN. This is irrational hate that is first defined in Parashat Toldot.
This week's Parasha focuses on the story of Isaac even though most of the Parasha is taken up with the stories of Isaac and Rebecca's children Esau and Jacob. The central story in this week's parsha is the sale of the Esau's birthright to Jacob.
In a nutshell the following points cover this week's Parasha:
All in the Family
Sometimes we consider our untruths to be ‘white lies’. Is there really a difference between lies and white lies? Is lying for the greater good really OK?
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