Is the World Getting Better or Worse?

The End of a 3570 Year-Old Battle

Is your life better today than that of your grandparents? Is the world a better place than it was, say, 500 years ago? Or 2000 years ago? Are things overall getting better or worse? Are we evolving into more refined human beings as the generations pass? Or, as some may cite the Talmud (Shabbat 112b), “If our ancestors were like angels, we are like humans; and if our ancestors were like humans, then we are like donkeys,” signifying a descent in the generations?

Would you believe that a 3570 year-old battle in this week’s Torah portion offers us the answers to these questions? And that the answer is an unequivocal yes: The world today is far better than it ever was. And that compels us to do something about it.

Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this epic Vayishlach workshop as he sweeps across history, connecting the dots of the last three millennia, using as compass the confrontation and reconciliation of Jacob and Esau — two nations that epitomize the monumental battles that have shaped the universe as we know it. Discover new ways to look at your life and at the world around you, and how you can be, not just a mere bystander and spectator, but a force that helps shape the unfolding drama of our collective and individual destiny.

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