Jacob: Heel-Grabber, or Usurper?

Background Isaac’s wife Rebecca (Rivka) gave birth to fraternal twin sons: Jacob (Ya’akov) and Esau. The two brothers were at war with each other even before they were born. They struggled within Rebecca’s womb. Esau was Isaac’s favorite, because he was a good hunter, but the more spiritually-minded Jacob was Rebecca’s favorite. Esau had little regard […]