Isaac prayed to God for his wife..... But the children fought in her womb and she prayed to Adonai.

Both Isaac and Rebecca pray here. Isaac prayed for Rebecca's infertility; Rebecca prayed for help in regard to the struggle between the brothers inside her.

What is the meaning of the struggle between the boys starting already inside the womb?

Might God be understood hear by some to mean Isaac's and Rebecca's intuition about the future?

Is sibling rivalry inevitable?

What is the importance of the older serving the younger?

How does Jacob's birth affect our identity as a Jewish people?

Who do you identify with more, Jacob or Esau?

Think about a brother or sister if you have one. Does this story remind you of your own brother or sister?

What do you think? (We might add your comment to this page!)



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