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      Judaism: The Temple Institute on Toldot: Mantle of Leadership

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

      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.