Monday, October 22, 2007

The Hands of Esau.

Jewish tradition values deeds over words.

"Your actions will bring you closer and your actions will distance you." says the Talmud.

And further our tradition teaches that words and deeds do not always match.

"The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau." (Genesis 27:22)

This verse applies to the Israeli Government today. The voice is that of Jacob - the man of thoughtfulness, negotiation and peace - but the deeds are those of Esau - the man of impetuousness, materiality and violence. Prime Minister Olmert tells anyone who will listen that he is ready for deep compromises to reach a fair two state solution. But in the ground his government does nothing to build good will and indeed it continues to expropriate land and expand settlements.

Read more details in this article by Akiva Eldar.

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