Yitzchak and Esav

Brian Jackson (brianj@tartarus.uwa.edu.au)
Thu, 14 Nov 1996 11:45:00 +0800 (WST)

Dear All,

My question is how could Yitzchak not see through Esav and what he was
really like? I ask this especially because Yitzchak represents the Middah
of Din (strict judgment) and of relating to the world measure for measure.

If that is so why does he favour Esav. Does his blindness mean in some
sense a metaphorical blindness and the inability to see through Esav.

The Blessing that he gave to Yaakov (the one meant for Esav) contained
physical blessing. Presumably he was going to give the physical blessing
to Esav and the spiritual blessing to Yaakov. Nevertheless the question
remains. Why did he wish to give the physical blessing to Yaakov when it
is likely that he would abuse it.

It's one of my favourite questions and so I would like to know what views
are out there.


Brian Raphael Jackson