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Jacob and Esau

Marijuana, Ohio, and Esau

Pat Oglesby | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
Pat Oglesby

"Politics is always the lesser of two evils," Federal Fifth Circuit Judge John Minor Wisdom told me when I was one of his law clerks. Marijuana legalization is gaining steam, and the question is becoming not "whether to legalize" but "how."

Is Reconciliation Between Brothers Possible, Then and Now?

Ron Kronish | Posted 01.29.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Is reconciliation possible between brothers or peoples who have been in conflict for a long time? The answer is yes, but it requires maturity, wisdom and courage.

Twins: Parshat Toldot

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

The twins, Jacob and Esav, grow up together then go their separate ways. But could things have been different?

Jacob, Esau and Our Task At This Hour As Rabbis For Human Rights

Rabbi Arik Ascherman | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arik Ascherman

As rabbis, we must hold both Israelis and Gazans to a basic principle in international law and in the Jewish tradition: We have a right and responsibility to defend ourselves, but must not kill civilians in the name of self defense.

The Torah Of Esau And Jacob, Gaza And Israel

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Both "brothers," Palestine and Israel, today need to make the choice that begins with the new cease-fire, but must lead from there to a long-term truce; the truce must give time for compassion to flower where there was fear and rage.

A Kiss Of Life Or Death?

David N. Myers | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
David N. Myers

The tension builds as the two brothers, accompanied by hundreds of followers, move toward each other: "And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." Differing regimes of interpretation raise urgent questions for us.

The Rebellious Man Of Faith

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

In constant struggle against malevolent forces who seek to defeat him, Jacob gives birth to a new concept of religion: not the subservient man of the spirit, but the rebellious man of faith.

Parshat Vayishlach: Bowing And Struggling Before God

Josh Fleet | Posted 02.05.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Jacob sends angels to Esau, his brother, in Edom. He gives them a message to deliver: "My lord, Esau, your servant Jacob says, 'I've lingered with Laban as a stranger till now. I've accumulated flocks and servants. Please, my lord, find favor in your eyes.'"

How Jacob Was Prepared To Risk His Soul In Confronting Esau’s Evil

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Our forefather Jacob taught us that only by challenging evil and standing up for what is good, can peace be brought to the world. If we can learn from these achievements of the past, then we are likely to repeat them.

Why Everyone Should Study The Bible

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Everything has changed since biblical times -- everything except human nature. We still cry as did David, dance as did Miriam, dream as did Jacob, suffer as did Job.

Jacob, Bank Fraud, and the Thieves of Wall Street

John R. Coats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John R. Coats

Jacob's wanting more is hardly an ambition that we in the 21st century could condemn with a straight face. Where it gets both morally murky and strikingly familiar is the path he chooses for acquiring more.

On Lost: "The Incident" Season Finale

Jay Glatfelter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jay Glatfelter

In the end, this season of Lost to me is the first half of the last act. Incomplete until we go into next season. One thing we do know for sure: it's going to be another long 8 months.