Struggles and Separations / Parashat Toldot

The tragedy and complexity of Esau’s character, as conveyed in a literal reading of the text, is seen as evil because he is perceived as symbolizing the early Christians who lived during the period of the sages.

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During the era of the sages, the first batei midrash ‏(houses of Jewish learning‏) were set up, and those who studied in them were separated by their walls from the public outside. In addition, a hierarchy of...