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          Esau Yehudit Kafri               עֵשָׂו יהודית כפרי

 

"וַיֶּחֱרַד יִצְחָק חֲרָדָה, גְּדֹלָה עַד-מְאֹד, וַיֹּאמֶר מִי-אֵפוֹא הוּא הַצָּד-צַיִד וַיָּבֵא לִי וָאֹכַל מִכֹּל בְּטֶרֶם תָּבוֹא, וָאֲבָרְכֵהוּ; גַּם-בָּרוּךְ, יִהְיֶה. כִּשְׁמֹעַ עֵשָׂו, אֶת-דִּבְרֵי אָבִיו, וַיִּצְעַק צְעָקָה, גְּדֹלָה וּמָרָה עַד-מְאֹד; וַיֹּאמֶר לְאָבִיו, בָּרְכֵנִי גַם-אָנִי אָבִי."  בראשית כ"ז: לג-לד

 

"Isaac was seized with very violent trembling. “Who was it then,” he demanded, “that hunted game and brought it to me? Moreover, I ate of it before you came, and I blessed him; now he must remain blessed!” When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst into wild and bitter sobbing, and said to his father, “Bless me too, Father!” Bereshit 27: 33-34

 

The Israeli poet Yehudit Kafri deal's in this poem with Esav's pain due to the harsh discrimination experienced by his mother Rebecca. Rebecca and Jacob scheme to deceive Isaac into giving second-born Jacob the first-born’s blessing, a blessing that rightfully belongs to Esau.  When Esau and Isaac discover that Isaac has been tricked into blessing Jacob instead of Esau, Isaac “trembled violently” (Gen. 27:33), while Esau bursts into a loud and bitter cry, asking his father to bless him too. Esau's cry to his father echoes a profound human call of pain and distress: the pain of deprivation, the unfairness of a world where some of its children are blessed and some are not.

We know that twenty years later, when the estranged brothers meet, Esau says to Jacob, "I have enough, my brother; let what you have remain yours”. However, Jacob insists on giving Esau a present, since he too feels that God has favoured him and he has plenty.

May we all be blessed and be satisfied with the blessings we receive.

 

 

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