This week Rabbi Dunner looked at the vexing story of Isaac’s blessings. Intended for Esau, it was Jacob who ended up getting them, through a web subterfuge and trickery. Esau was understandably devastated. There is so much that is baffling about this story that it almost seems beyond any attempt to understand it. Why did Isaac not see through Esau? Or if he did, why would he have blessed him? Anyway, what was so important about these blessings that had Rebecca and Jacob plotting to get them before Esau did? And if Jacob was the correct recipient, why didn’t Rebecca just have a showdown with Isaac and make sure that he gave them to Jacob, not Esau? Why the dramatic charade? And finally, if the blessings were given (and received) through trickery, how come they worked? With the help of some amazing commentaries Rabbi Dunner revealed how the backdrop to this story is so incredibly important, and how the subterfuge was so crucial for the outcome of this monumental moment in the history of the Jewish nation.
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