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Son of Isaac, brother of Jacob, father of the nation of Edom

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Esav - Patriarch of Nations?

I was listening to HaRav Mendel Kessin shlita and he brought the idea that Esav is a failed Av/Patriarch of the Jewish people. My question is, is there a concept that he is considered to be in some ...
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Esav/ Yishmael and Mahalath, and the explanation of the Gra

Rabbi Sorotzkin in his sefer "Keitz HaYamin" (vol. 2, p. 13) writes: עשו וישמעאל הן קין והבל - Eisav and Yishmael are Kayin and Hevel It seems that he got this idea from the Gra on Sifra ...
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What does Torah want to convey from this lineage? [duplicate]

Torah is given by God, Blessed Be He, everything in it was mentioned to mean something and to convey a lesson from it. When we look into Genesis-chapter 36, which mentions the descendants of Esau, ...
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Esav and Yosef the lahava

The gemara says in Bava Basra 123b that Yosef is the lahava and "sitno shel Esav" and the one who befells Esav as the posuk says "bais Yosef lahava". The same person says in ...
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Why didn't Esav wait until Yitzchak died to kill Ya'akov? [duplicate]

After Ya'akov got Esav's blessings, Esav says (B'reishis 27:41): וישטם עשו את יעקב על הברכה אשר ברכו אביו ויאמר עשו בלבו יקרבו ימי אבל אבי ואהרגה את יעקב אחי And Esav hated Ya'akov due to the ...
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Maharal on lentils

Rashi says that Jacob made lentils for Esau as they are round like a wheel as this day was the day Abraham died and aveilut is the wheel(galgal) of the world. The Maharal from Prague comments that ...
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Eisav Harasha having good kibbud av vaem?

Is there a way to make sense of Eisav Harasha knowing he did 5 big aveiros in one day (including murder) and wanting to kill his brother Yackov, and also exhibiting very good kibbud av vaem? How do ...
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Where Is The City Of Gurbaal? Is It Bozrah?

And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.(2 Chronicles 26:7) Question- I have a question concerning the location of Gur-baal. I am ...
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How does Esau react to Yaakov not coming to Seir (Beraishis 33 (14))?

In Beraishis 33 (14) Yaakov says he will meet up with Esau again in Seir. Rashi points out: Therefore he did not go to Seir. But when will he go? In the days of the Messiah. Is there any comment on ...
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Do we have any idea how old Ishmael's daughter, Mahalath, was when she married Esau?

Esau married Mahalath after learning that his father had told Jacob not to marry an Canaanitess. Jacob's flight to Padan-Aram took place when he was 77¹, so Esau was probably in the ballpark of 80 ...
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Where do we know Esav was a redhead?

I’ve heard my whole life that Esav and David were redheads. The question is where is this known from. The word that describes them as אדמוני seems to be translated as "ruddy" or "manly&...
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Did Jacob do right by Essau?

When a family member is on the brink of death and is desperate for food and drink it seems rather harsh to extort his birth-right from him. I would just share my food with the person if they are that ...
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Maimonides mentioning Esav

I am trying to find a source where Maimonides allegedly says that there are no parts of the Torah that are any holier than the other. That the passages transmitting the Ten Commandments are just as ...
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Edom/House of Esav

I have a question: Why does G‑d hate Edom (Esaw)? Why do you always read negative things about Edom? What if I'm descended from Esau, does G‑d hate me? Wouldn't that be unfair? I am referring to this ...
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How could Haman be a gilgul of Eisav?

The Arizal in Sefer HaGilgulim ch. 35 says that Haman was a gilgul (reincarnation) of Eisav. How is that possible being that Eisav had the din (status) of an Yisroel meshumad (apostate Jew Kidushin ...
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Eisav Receiving Mechila/Kapara for Sins for a Halachikly Invalid Wedding?

Megilla 17a says Nevaiot was הקדישהּ to Eisav. The Talmud commentary called Siftei Chachamim, by Rav Avraham Abbah Herzl (20th century), suggests that Eisav’s wedding to Machalat wasn’t halachikly ...
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Conversion and Devarim 23:8-9

Shalom. I am a little confused by what appears to me to be a discrepancy between the halakha concerning gerus and Devarim 23:8-9. The latter verse states that ‘Children born to [Edomites and ...
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Did Esav do Teshuva?

The Chizkuni Bireishis 25:8 says at the end of his comment that Esav also did Teshuva. Is there other sources for this amongst the Rishonim and Chazal?
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What is the Zohar's explanation of: "And the children struggled together within her"?

In Parshat Toldot, Rebecca is pregnant with the twins Esau and Jacob and we read: וַיִּתְרֹֽצֲצ֤וּ הַבָּנִים֙ בְּקִרְבָּ֔הּ -- And the children struggled together within her. [Genesis 25:22]. There ...
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Connection and significance between Esav and Yaakov's 4 struggles and the 4 Exiles?

What is the significance between the struggles with Yaakov and Esav's physical body and the 4 exiles Daniel revealed from Nebuchadnezzer's dream? ... The first empire - the Babylonian Empire - ...
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Why did Esav nickname his wife Yehudis?

In Breishis 36:2, Rashi says Oholibamah: She is [identical to] Judith (mentioned above 26:34). He (Esau) nicknamed her Judith (יְהוּדִית) to imply that she denied the validity of idolatry, so that ...
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How did Beeri the Hittite come up with naming his daughter Yehudit?

וַיְהִי עֵשָׂו בֶּן־אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה אֶת־יְהוּדִית בַּת־בְּאֵרִי הַחִתִּי וְאֶת־בָּשְׂמַת בַּת־אֵילֹן הַחִתִּי׃ When Esau was forty years old, he took to wife Judith ...
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Does anyone draw a parallel between Haman selling himself to Mordechai and Esav selling the birthright to Yaakov?

There’s a famous Yalkut Shimoni (Nach 1056:18, referenced by Rashi in explaining Megillah 15a), which reads as follows: א"ר חסדא זה בא בפרוזבולי וזה בא בפרוזבוטי, פעם אחת נתן המלך ממון ושגרם בראשי ...
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Does anyone comment on the name Reu'el for Eisav's son?

In Vayishlach (Ber. 36:10) Eisav has a son named Reu'el. While the meanings of/reasons for the names of those in Eisav's line are not provided, it seems to me that this name sticks out because it ...
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Why does the Torah list all of Esav's Tribes?

What is significance the Torah wants us to learn from the seemingly exhaustive list of Esav's tribes? (The entire chapter Bereishis 36, which is 43 pesukim long) Note: I heard the Gra says it hints to ...
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Esav Tribal Wives

Most the tribes of Esav do not have wives listed among the husbands, yet we find (Bereishis 36:39) וַיָּמָת בַּעַל חָנָן בֶּן־עַכְבּוֹר וַיִּמְלֹךְ תַּחְתָּיו הֲדַר וְשֵׁם עִירוֹ פָּעוּ וְשֵׁם ...
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Did the descendants of Esav literally taste soil?

The pasuk in Bereshit says (36:20) אֵ֤לֶּה בְנֵֽי־שֵׂעִיר֙ הַחֹרִ֔י יֹשְׁבֵ֖י הָאָ֑רֶץ לוֹטָ֥ן וְשׁוֹבָ֖ל וְצִבְע֥וֹן וַעֲנָֽה׃ Chazal explain that they are called the dwellers of the earth because ...
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What does "Esav soneh l'Ya'akov" mean?

There is this famous statement (B"R 78:9): "Esav Soneh l'Ya'akov." Although the Torah tells us that Esav bore a grudge (Genesis 27:41) in his heart and showed great animosity in wanting to kill Ya'...
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The fear and anxiety of Yaakov before meeting Eisav

Bereshit 32:8: "וַיִּירָא יַעֲקֹב מְאֹד וַיֵּצֶר לוֹ וַיַּחַץ אֶת־הָעָם אֲשֶׁר־אִתּוֹ וְאֶת־הַצֹּאן וְאֶת־הַבָּקָר וְהַגְּמַלִּים לִשְׁנֵי מַחֲנוֹת׃" "Jacob was greatly frightened; in ...
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Similarity between Eisov and Dama ben Netina for honoring parents

Eisov = Red = Edom = Romi (Rome) Eisov excelled in honoring Yitzhok (B"R 65) Dama B"N was a senator (? or a general) in Rome's province in Ashkelon (according to Yerushalmi) דמא is the letters אדום He ...
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Esav took his wives from among the girls of Cana'an? (Breishit 36:2)

There appears to be a Torah contradiction regarding the statement that Esav took his wives from among the women in the land of Cana'an as stated in Breishit 36:2. verse 2 lists Adah, whom Rash"i says ...
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Why didn't Ya'akov try to hide from Esav?

I know that there are some Midrashim that "blame" Ya'akov for sending messengers to Esav. But, after he sends them, they return and report that Esav is coming after him with 400 men. We see that he ...
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What was Rachel expecting to be her fate when she let Leah marry Yaakov?

From what I understand from The Midrash Says, Rachel knew she was in-line to marry Yaakov, and Leah was supposed to marry Esav. And that's why Leah cried a lot. When Rachel allowed Leah to marry ...
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Esav's complaint in Breishit 27:36

In Breishit 27:36, Esav complains that Ya'akov outsmarted him twice. He took his birthright and his blessing. I can somewhat validate Esav's complaint about Ya'akov outsmarting him regarding taking ...
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Who killed Nimrod?

I used to think that Esav killed Nimrod and took the special garment that was originally Adam Harishon's. (Is this a Midrash?) But now I'm wondering if Avraham Avinu and Eliezer killed Nimrod during ...
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Esau, Edom, Rome and the Jews

In parshat Devarim, Hashem tells the Israelites to leave the Edomites alone and bypass them: "You shall not provoke them, for I will not give you of their land...because I have given Mount Seir to ...
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Marriage: get out of jail free card?

The Yerushalmi (Bikkurim 3:3/11b) says that a chassan has his sins atoned for. This is derived from Esav, who married a woman, the daughter of Yishmael and sister of Navos, named Machalas (Bereishis ...
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Esau honored his father; why didn't he honor God?

According to the Rambam (according to Aish), the reason that the commandment to "Honor Parents" is included in the first group of the Aseret Hadibrot (Ten Commandments) is because the child-parent ...
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Kohen in a non-Kohen-specific prohibited marriage

If a Kohen marries someone forbidden to him as a Kohen, (1) she becomes a chalalah, (2) their children are chalalim, (3) if she dies he can't go to her funeral (Rashi Emor 21:4), and (4) she can't eat ...
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Why do we consider Eisav's nachas goyish if Eisav was a Jew?

I recently learned in a class that we consider Eisav Jewish. This is corroborated by most of the answers here. I have also learned that we customarily wish someone "Yiddishe nachas" (rather than just "...
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Was Esau commanded in circumcision?

Was Esau commanded in circumcision? For instance, if he did teshuvah, was he still obligated in circumcision for himself and his children?
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Who were Esav's wives?

Bereishit (Genesis) chapter 26 and Genesis 36 state different names for the wives of Esav (Esau). What are the different explanations to this problem? (Biblical Criticism explains this as two ...
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What was red in the stew that Jacob made for Esau?

Genesis 25:29–30 (JPS): And Jacob sod pottage; and Esau came in from the field, and he was faint. And Esau said to Jacob: 'Let me swallow, I pray thee, some of this red, red pottage; for I am ...
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Are Esau/Edom and Yishmael included among the 70 nations?

We all know that all the people on the earth came actually of 70 nations (even though lots of them became mixed recently). And we all know that every one of these nations has an angel to guard it. ...
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Did Jacob actually send angels to Esau?

The Torah (Genesis 32:4) says that Jacob sends "malachim" to Esau. Rashi there interprets "malachim" (commonly referring to messengers, or angels) as "real malachim" ("מלאכים ממש"). I've also heard ...
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Can a father name his son Esau? [duplicate]

Fathers can, and have, named their sons Ismael. So why would they not be allowed to name their son Esau? The reason for Esau and Ismael being similar is because both names are generally identified ...
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Who is the nation/kingship of Edom? [duplicate]

There are/were 4 kingship's (malchuyos) described in Sefer Daniel. Edom, being one of them (I think?), is often explained to be the Roman Empire. 1- What is the source to say that Edom was the Roman ...
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Why is Yaakov calling Esau "Master"?

It is stated in this weeks Parsha, Parshas Vayishlach 32:5: That he commanded them, saying, "This is what you should say to my master to Esau, 'this is what is what your servant Yaakov said, "I ...
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Did Jacob and Esau have other brothers? [duplicate]

In Bereishit 27:29, Isaac's Blessing of Jacob contains: "You shall be a master over your brothers, and your mother's sons shall bow down to you." Are there any explanations in the literature ...
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Esav & Yishma'el today

Historically, how did Esav come to be associated with Rome/Christianity? How did Yishma'el come to be associated with Arabs/Islam?
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