And the Boys Grew – for He Had a Taste for Game

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73) Abraham’s side, the right side, Hassadim, caused them to grow. His merit assisted them because it reared them with Mitzvot [good deeds/precepts], as it is written, “For I have known him, to the end that he may command his children.” The word Et [which in Hebrew is included in “his children”] comes to include Esau and Jacob, who are among his sons, as well. Hence, “And the boys grew” means that they grew in holiness, but Esau subsequently strayed.

“And the boys grew; and Esau was…” each went his separate way—one to the side of faith and the other to the side of idolatry.

74) This was so even while in Rebecca’s intestines; each went to his own side, since when she engaged in good deeds or when she went past a place where it is good to perform the Mitzvot of the Torah, Jacob would rejoice and rattle to get out. And when she went near a place of idolatry, that wicked one would rattle to get out. For this reason, when they were created and came out to the world, each of them was separated and went and was drawn to his befitting place. This is why it is written, “And the boys grew; and Esau was a cunning hunter.” “A cunning hunter” means that he would mislead people to rebel against the Creator.

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