YOLO & Esav

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Written by:
Mrs. Norma Mintz
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לימוד ועבודה פנימית

29 And Jacob sod pottage; and Esau came in from the field, and he was faint.

30 And Esau said to Jacob: 'Let me swallow, I pray thee, some of this red, red pottage; for I am faint.' Therefore was his name called Edom.

31 And Jacob said: 'Sell me first thy birthright.'

32 And Esau said: 'Behold, I am going to die; and what profit shall the birthright do to me?'

33 And Jacob said: 'Swear to me first'; and he swore unto him; and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way. And Esau wasted his birthright.

כט  וַיָּזֶד יַעֲקֹב, נָזִיד; וַיָּבֹא עֵשָׂו מִן-הַשָּׂדֶה, וְהוּא עָיֵף.

ל  וַיֹּאמֶר עֵשָׂו אֶל-יַעֲקֹב, הַלְעִיטֵנִי נָא מִן-הָאָדֹם הָאָדֹם הַזֶּה--כִּי עָיֵף, אָנֹכִי; עַל-כֵּן קָרָא-שְׁמוֹ, אֱדוֹם.

לא  וַיֹּאמֶר, יַעֲקֹב:  מִכְרָה כַיּוֹם אֶת-בְּכֹרָתְךָ, לִי.

לב  וַיֹּאמֶר עֵשָׂו, הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי הוֹלֵךְ לָמוּת; וְלָמָּה-זֶּה לִי בְּכֹרָה.


לג  וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב, הִשָּׁבְעָה לִּי כַּיּוֹם, וַיִּשָּׁבַע, לוֹ; וַיִּמְכֹּר אֶת-בְּכֹרָתוֹ, לְיַעֲקֹב.

לד  וְיַעֲקֹב נָתַן לְעֵשָׂו, לֶחֶם וּנְזִיד עֲדָשִׁים, וַיֹּאכַל וַיֵּשְׁתְּ, וַיָּקָם וַיֵּלַךְ; וַיִּבֶז עֵשָׂו אֶת-הַבְּכֹרָה.

Read through this passage and summarize its events.

In passuk 32, what seems to be Eisav’s motivation to give up his birthright? Does it actually sound like he is going to die at this moment? What does he really seem to be saying? (Colloquially: What’s the point of the birthright if I’m going to die?) How does the text seem to view his thinking (based on passuk 34)?

YOLO: You only live once. What are the two ways we can understand this?

  • You only live once, so have fun and do whatever you want
  • You only live once, so make it meaningful and make it count.

In partners: Have you ever made a decision because you felt like, what’s the point anyway? Did you ever regret it afterward? (Does Eisav regret it- Yes, 27: 36)

What is something you can do today to affirm that life has meaning? Can we decide to do something as a group?

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