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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS FROM THE WRITINGS OF REV L HARDMAN:
‘The voice is the voice of Jacob but the hands are those of Esau’
This line (Bereishit 27:22), said by Isaac to Jacob, has been explained to mean that, when Jews speak with the ‘voice of Jacob’, their Jewish loyalties are strong, and the hands of Esau will fail to overcome us; but when we are weak, spineless and indifferent to our heritage, they will destroy us.
How is this idea gleaned from the text? After all, when Isaac (who was almost blind but not deaf) touched him, Jacob (dressed in Esau’s clothes) did not disguise his voice. Isaac then exclaimed, ‘My son, you seem to be Esau alright, but your voice is that of Jacob.’ When Jacob replied, ‘I am Esau your first-born’, wasn’t he telling a lie? Rashi says that the Hebrew words prove he was not lying.
Jacob meant ‘Ani [I am who I am] Esav b’chorecha [but Esau is your firstborn]’. If he wasn’t lying, it is hard to deny that it was an act of deception.
The text says יעקב.הקל קול. Isaac could have said של
הקול יעקב (‘the voice is Jacob’s’).
One scholar notes that the first קול is written קל–i.e. defectively (it should have been קול like the second one), and ל + could be read קל (‘light’ or ‘easy’). When the voice of Jewry is קל (weak and defective), the hands of Esau become strong against us. And, as we trace our past history at times, it would appear to be true. Only nowadays, especially since 1939-45 and 1948, do we see the voice of Jacob becoming Jewishly stronger, and can we feel confident that, however strong the hands of Esau, he will not have the last word or deed against us.
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Rabbi Mordechai and Judy Ginsbury joined Hendon United Synagogue in February 1999. Prior to this they had spent nearly 14 years as Rabbi and Rebbetzen of the Prestwich Hebrew Congregation in Manchester.
During their tenure with us they have endeared themselves to the Community with their warm, intelligent and welcoming approach and have enhanced and furthered Hendon’s reputation as a dynamic and vibrant Kehilla.