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Judaism: The Temple Institute on Toldot: Mantle of Leadership

Dvar Torah from the Temple Institute, in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 9:09 AM


The work of the patriarchs, Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov was to establish in this world an eternal bond between man and G-d.

Toldot chronicles the struggle for supremacy between two radically different approaches toward leadership: the way of Yaakov, and the way of Esav.

Esav excelled in so many ways he seemed a natural for the part. And after all, he was the first-born.

There was but one thing missing from Esav's understanding of life: the fear and the acknowledgment of G-d.

Forever stymied by his own egotistical take on life, Esav languished, while Yaakov assumed the mantle of leadership.