When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the outdoors; but Jacob was a mild man who stayed in camp. 28 Isaac favored Esau because he had a taste for game; but Rebekah favored Jacob.
What can be said of siblings is obvious. Siblings, even twins, are different. Each has their own personality, and parents do favor one child over another. Sibling rivalry and its after effects are universal, and the Story of Jacob and Esau is just one of the early ones of the common trope. But there are deeper symbols. The rabbis saw Esau as Rome, and Jacob would become Israel. But these can be the siblings internal to us as well. They are child thoughts of our own souls, two different personalities within us driving us in different directions. Esau brings home the food at night, Jacob stays close to home. Esau my have done things to hurt his parent, but he never lied to them or cheated them., like Jacob did. Neither kid is perfect. The one who brings home the game, Esau is very much in favor now. Eleven hours a day I’m at my office. Jacob’s study at home (or in my case Starbuck’s) , has fallen by the wayside, and this column with it.Deep inside I know neither my Inner Esau nor my inner Jacob should be dominant, but there should be a mix. Somewhere in the middle is the healthy option. But I look at the bills, and want to do something about it. So I keep writing apps, and really doing nothing else. I thought of this while checking some stats today, on this account, and realized that I want to go back to some writing, but it is difficult given all the hours I’m spending programming, trying to make a deadline for a 2012 release of my next app. SO I decide to put Jacob into the mix, although only a little. So for a while Shlomo’s Drash will be 500 words or less. It’s a good exercise in getting me involved with little time commitment, and in writing a lot more concise pieces than I have before.