OmerChallenge: Day 34

Today is thirty-four days which are four weeks and six days in the Omer.
Hayom arba’ah ushloshim yom shehaym arba’ah shavuot veshishah yamim la-omer.

Share a verse from Torah that is meaningful to you

Scroll of Isaiah from Qumran at Israel Museum
Creative Commons License photo credit: KOREphotos

Of course it was difficult to share just one. But I was able to settle on two – simply by virtue whichever came first to mind.

Vayetse Yitschak lasuach basadeh lifnot arev vayisa eynav vayar vehineh gemalim ba’im.
Vatisa Rivkah et-eyneyha vatere et-Yitschak vatipol me’al hagamal.

Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. He raised his eyes, and saw camels approaching.
When Rebecca looked up and saw Isaac, she fell off the camel. (Bereshit, parsha Chaye Sarah)

More than just a comic moment, Torah speaks to me in this moment of traveling a long way from what we know, just because we have faith in the process, and that love can indeed happen from the very first moment we set eyes upon our b’shert. In that moment we can fall figuratively and literally.

Kishmo’a Esav et-divrey aviv vayits’ak tse’akah gdolah umarah ad-me’od vayomer le’aviv baracheni gam-ani avi.
Vayomer ba achicha bemirmah vayikach birchatecha.
Vayomer hachi kara shmo Ya’akov vayakveni zeh fa’amayim et-bechorati lakach vehineh atah lakach birchati vayomar halo-atsalta li berachah.
Vaya’an Yitschak vayomer le-Esav hen gevir samtiv lach ve’et-kol-echav natati lo la’avadim vedagan vetirosh semachtiv ulecha efo mah e’eseh beni.
Vayomer Esav el-aviv havrachah achat hi-lecha avi baracheni gam-ani avi vayisa Esav kolo vayevk.

When Esau heard his father’s words, he let out a most loud and bitter scream. ‘Bless me too, Father,’ he pleaded.
‘Your brother came with deceit, and he already took your blessing.’
‘Isn’t he truly named Jacob (Ya’akov)! He went behind my back (akav) twice. First he took my birthright, and now he took my blessing!’
[Esau] pleaded, ‘Couldn’t you have saved me a blessing too?’
Isaac tried to answer. ‘But I made him like a lord over you,’ he said. ‘I have given him all his brothers as slaves. I have associated him with the grain and the wine. Where….what….can I do for you, my son?’
Esau said to his father, ‘Is there only one blessing you have, my father? Father! Bless me too!’ Esau raised his voice and began to weep. (Bereshit, Parsha Toldot)

I know that there are a lot of reasons to dislike Esau. He’s rough, crass, and probably doesn’t care about the right things. There are a lot of stories the Rabbis have cited villify Esau.

Honestly, I have a hard time with that view. I cannot read this section without the raw emotion sticking in my throat. He might have wanted the blessing the wrong reasons, and he might have wanted it a bit too late. But in the end he did want it with his whole heart and for that Esau deserves some credit.

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