CHASSIDISHE STORY ON THE PARSHA
יקרבו ימי אבל אבי ואהרגה את יעקב (תולדות כז:מא)May the days of mourning for my father draw near, then I will kill my brother Yakov.
In the Great Shul in Brisk where Reb Yosha Ber zt’’l served as Rav, a fight broke out between two brothers who were mourners. Each wanted to daven for the amud (a requirement following the year of mourning a parent). They got into such a heated fight that one brother gave the other a hefty beating.
Reb Yosha Ber exclaimed: “In Parshas Toldos, it says יקרבו ימי אבל אבי ואהרגה את יעקב – why did Eisav wait patiently for his father Yitzchak to die so that he could kill Yakov? What prevented him from killing Yakov?
Eisav didn’t want to appear as a lowly murderer who cold-bloodily kills his brother. He devised a plan that he will wait until his father dies, and then the two brothers will fight over who davens for the amud, which allows him to overtake his brother and kill him.”
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