MembersCan We Have Everything…

…or should having plenty be enough?

By Aviel Schneider |
Jacob and Esau
SIBLING RIVALRY: Jacob and Esau embrace after a long and troubled separation (Genesis 33) Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The biblical story of Jacob and Esau teaches us an important difference between having plenty (rav in Hebrew) and having everything (hakol)—and this could change the way we think about and appreciate what we have.


We all know how the classic story begins with Jacob grasping the heel of his brother Esau in order to try and be the firstborn. God had warned Rebecca that: “Two nations are in your womb; and two peoples shall be separated from your body; and one people shall be stronger than the other; and the older shall serve the younger” (Genesis 25:23). “When the boys grew up, Esau became a skilful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents” (Genesis 25:27).


Jacob eventually outwits Esau and steals his brother’s birthright...

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