TORAH STUDY MATERIAL FOR PARSHAT TOLDOT Genesis 25:19-28:9 December 4. 2016

This material talks about the character of Esau as he first appears in the Torah. Is Esau our brother or our enemy? Despite many of his negative character traits, Esau is not depicted as a completely evil person and our sympathy is aroused for him to some extent. The material also shows some later sources about the later conflicts between the Kingdom of Judah and the descendants of Esau, the Edomites and the conflict in the Second Temple period between the Jews and the Idumeans–the later descendants of the Edomites.