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“And as to Esau…”

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The words of the Elijah of Vilna [by his Hebrew acronym Gra (“HaGaon Rabbenu Eliyahu”)] about the first verses in this week’s Haftarah are quite surprising: “Is not Esau a brother to Jacob, and I have loved Jacob? But as to Esau I have hatred.” [Malachi 1:2-3]. Just at this place, where the passage emphasizes the differences between Israel and ... Read More »

The Bill of Sale

Before Jerusalem was conquered by the Chaldeans, G-d commanded Jeremiah to buy the field belonging to his cousin Hanamel, as we read in the Haftarah for this week. This symbolic act, which took place in the last moments before the city fell, is a sign to those about to leave in exile that they will return to Zion: “This is ... Read More »