Toldot 2: Yaakov and Eisav - Emet versus Sheker
- Rabbi Amos Luban
- Nov 6, 2006
When examine Yaakov and Eisav, we find that the most essential difference between the two is that Yaakov is the embodiment of Emet (truth) and Eisav is the embodiment of Sheker (falsehood). We see how this is inherent within Eisav the individual and then follow it through his historical manifestations of Edom, Rome, Christianity, and the modern Western world. We then explore how the dichotomy between Yaakov and Eisav is reflected in the two seirim, the two goats, of Yom Kippur. What is the nature of the parallel between these two twin brothers and the two goats that stand at the center of the forgiveness of Yom Kippur? We reflect on the very powerful ramifications this has for how we are meant to experience Yom Kippur every single year.