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Toldot — Jacob Have I Loved

The Twins

Esau עֵשָׂו has the same root as Asah עָשָׂה, meaning to do, i.e. taking action, which is the function of the body (flesh) as animated by the life force known as Nefesh.

The other name of Esau is Edom אֱדוֹם which is the same root as Adamah אֲדָמָה, meaning earth, from which the body (flesh) of the first man Adam was made.

Esau is the Nefesh and Edom is the flesh.

Jacob יַעֲקֹב is the same root as Akev עָקֵב, meaning heel, which is the target of the snake, for “thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen 3:15).

In the same way that the snake persecuted Adam, so did Esau persecuted Jacob. If Jacob has the image of Adam, it follows Esau is the seed of the snake.

In the same way that Esau has a new name Edom, which denotes the descent of Nefesh to the flesh; so does Jacob has a new name Israel, which is the ascent of Ruach, through Neshamah and Chayah to Yechidah.

Israel יִשְׂרָאֵל means Yashar יָשָׁר, i.e. upright, and Jacob is called Ish Tam אִישׁ תָּם, i.e. whole-hearted man.

So was Job called whole-hearted man and upright:

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל הַשָּׂטָן, הֲשַׂמְתָּ לִבְּךָ עַל עַבְדִּי אִיּוֹב: כִּי אֵין כָּמֹהוּ בָּאָרֶץ, אִישׁ תָּם וְיָשָׁר יְרֵא אֱלֹהִים וְסָר מֵרָע And the LORD said unto Satan: ‘Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a whole-hearted and an upright man, one that feareth God, and shunneth evil?’ (Job 1:8)

In the same way that Satan attacked Job in the heaven, so did the snake attacked Adam in the garden.

And Job was called Ish Tam v’Yashar אִישׁ תָּם וְיָשָׁר, which is the union of Israel and Jacob.

The gematria of Job אִיּוֹב is 19, which is the same as Eve חַוָּה.

In the same way that Adam was made male and female, so was Job called Ish Tam v’Yashar, and it may be deduced that Jacob to Israel is female to male.

If Esau represents Nefesh, it follows Jacob and Israel would represent Ruach, Neshamah, Chayah, and Yechidah, and precisely so according to the gematria:



















Isaac loved Esau

Isaac symbolizes Mashiach, Rebekah is the congregation aka Israel, which is the house of both the sinners and the righteous, the physical and the spiritual, as represented by Esau and Jacob.

Why does Isaac love Esau, “for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32).

Astonishingly, the righteous and the sinners to repentance in gematria is 1081:

the righteous

and the sinners

to repentance





And the midpoint from 1 to 1081 is 541, which is the gematria of Israel יִשְׂרָאֵל. The congregation is indeed Israel.

When “love” first appears in Torah, it is when Abraham loved Isaac (Gen 22:2), the love of God the father to his only son.

When “love” appears the second time in Torah, it is when Isaac loved Rebekah (Gen 24:67), this is the love of Mashiach to his church.

When “love” appears the third and fourth time in Torah, it is when Isaac loved Esau, and Rebekah loved Jacob. This is the love of Mashiach to the sinners, and love of the church to the righteous.

Why does Isaac love the game, or venison Tzayid צַיִד, this is the lost holy sparks in the field that must be redeemed by Esau the hunter.

Esau is Edom, which is the church that in converting the world (field) acted like a hunter.

Easu  עֵשָׂוin gematria is 376, which is the same gematria of peace, Shalom שָׁלוֹם, but “cunning hunter” Yodea Tzayid יֹדֵעַ צַיִד in gematria is 188, which is half of 376. This comes to teach us the act of Esau in gathering converts was not done in peace.

By the same token, Isaac יִצְחָק in gematria is 208, and the game Tzayid צַיִד in gematria is 104, which is also half of 208. This comes to teach us that Mashiach loved the converts, but not necessarily the act by which Esau had hunted.

Isaac Blessing Esau

When Adam sinned in the garden, the damage was done to both the flesh and the spirit.

Esau is the flesh, and Jacob is the Spirit, and the two diametrically opposed dichotomies are supposed to be joined into one Adam.

The flesh expresses itself through action, and the spirit through voice. The ultimate rectification of man is for the spirit to subdue the flesh, and Jacob to rule over Esau.

In the garden, the flesh as manifested in snake rebelled against the spirit as manifested in Adam.

The spirit is redeemed first, followed by the flesh at the resurrection of the dead, when the spirit is clothed into a new body.

Jacob the spirit is already redeemed, the primary redemptive task of Isaac is the flesh, which is Esau.

When Jacob put on the clothing of Esau, this is as if the spirit is clothed in the flesh, and the hand is unified with the voice, as it is written:

הַקֹּל קוֹל יַעֲקֹב, וְהַיָּדַיִם, יְדֵי עֵשָׂו The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands

are the hands of Esau. (Gen 27:22)

Isaac was confused with the new creation in front of him, as this is the union of voice and hand, spirit in the flesh, and Jacob in Esau, it is as if he was back in the garden faced with the primordial Adam prior to the sin.

Astonishingly, the gematria of voice and Jacob hand of Esau is exactly the gematria of spirit in the flesh:

Voice of Jacob, hand of Esau קוֹל יַעֲקֹב יְדֵי עֵשָׂו 718
Spirit in the flesh רוּחַ בַּבָּשָׂר 718

God Hated Esau

At the simple level, it appears that God loved Jacob and hated Esau:

אָהַבְתִּי אֶתְכֶם אָמַר יְהוָה  וַאֲמַרְתֶּם בַּמָּה אֲהַבְתָּנוּ; הֲלוֹא-אָח  עֵשָׂו לְיַעֲקֹב נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וָאֹהַב אֶת יַעֲקֹב I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say: ‘Wherein hast Thou loved us?’ Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD; yet I loved Jacob;
וְאֶת-עֵשָׂו, שָׂנֵאתִי; וָאָשִׂים אֶת-

הָרָיו שְׁמָמָה, וְאֶת-נַחֲלָתוֹ לְתַנּוֹת


But Esau I hated, and made his mountains a desolation, and gave his heritage to the jackals of the wilderness. (Malachi 1:2-3)

But there are some nuances: I have loved you (plural)…Yet ye (plural) say…thou loved us (plural)…

Why plural if God loved Jacob only?

If you say Jacob is considered at the collective level hence plural, but why, with respect to Esau, the verse all of sudden is singular, i.e. his mountains, his heritage?

And why can’t the verse be read without the break, as follows?

נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וָאֹהַב אֶת-יַעֲקֹב וְאֶת-עֵשָׂו Saith the LORD; and I loved Jacob and Esau…

When will the LORD loved both Jacob and Esau?

When the two rivalries become one in love.

The above seven words in gematria is 1497, which is exactly the pregnant number (1529 – 32) of “one and love”, as follows:

One and love אֶחָד וְאַהֲבָה 32
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