A man of the field, a warrior, this twin fathered the western world.
Rebecca gave birth to twin boys. One yearned for the tents of spirit; the other for the coliseums of matter. Esau was born first; then tricked out of the birthright by Jacob. Esau sculpted his body, honed his sword, and lived and dies by it. Esau fathered Edom, Rome and the western world. This branch of the family tree would destroy the second temple and exile the descendents of Jacob, the children of Israel, for the past two millennia. Perhaps, today, more than in other period of world history, the offspring of Esau the warrior have begun to wipe their knives clean and embrace the children of their grandfather’s twin.
The Big Confrontation – Jacob & Esau Meet
Each of us must ask ourselves the question: Is my material life aligned with my spiritual one? Have I integrated what I do with who I am?Read More
The stranger was Esau’s guardian angel, and the battle represented the struggle between Jacob and Esau, archetypes of the two polar forces in existence which stand in perpetual battle.Read More
Jacob and Esau: The Battle between Good and Evil
Lessons on confrontation and peace: how to balance matter and spirit and merge the body and soulRead More
Bamidbar/Shavuot: After 3333 Years How Far Are We From Sinai?
Israel is under attack, yet again. As we stand in proximity of Shavuot, when we relive the revelation at Sinai, this may be the best time to demand accountability of the Arab/Muslim world for their actions, and to call the rest of the world to demand a response.Read More
The Inner Struggle of Good vs. Evil: Jacob and Esau Within Us
In this week’s Torah Portion, Toldot, twins are born to Rebecca and Isaac. Esau and Jacob, two brothers with very different storylines; one a warrior, one a scholar. The battle between these two brothers is alive and kicking within each of us today.Read More
Shavuot: The Twins – Duality & Unity
The concept of duality in matters of body and spirit are examined with respect to the opposing natures of twins Jacob and Esau.Read More
The Dislocated Hip
By remembering Jacob’s wound we sensitize ourselves to the fact that mindless immersion in material existence touches a nerve which leaves us wounded.Read More
Massacre in San Bernardino
What can we do about the massacre in San Bernardino? Joseph’s clash with his brothers teaches us how to repair and heal the world. We must begin by repairing ourselves and integrating faith in our actions.Read More
The Plot Thickens – Jacob & Esau: Two Nations
We now have before us Abraham, father of all nations, Ishmael father of the Arab/Muslim world, Esau, father of the Roman/Christian/Western world and Jacob, father of the Jewish world.Read More