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Why Did Eisav Try To Kill Yaakov Twice While Yitzchok Was Still Alive?

After Yaakov received the brachos, Eisav vowed to kill him, but only after his dear father dies.  The question is why did he send Elifaz to kill Yaakov while Yitzchok was still alive.  In Parshas Vayishlach when Yaakov came back to Eretz Yisroel, Eisav again fully intended to kill Yaakov.  Was this a change of heart?  Did he no longer care about his father's feelings?

If you know or hear anything or have some of your own thoughts, please let us know.


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Visitor Comments: 6

Anonymous, 2008-12-10 09:13:04
If I'm not mistaken, the Malbim does say that Eisav wanted to kill Yaakov when Yitzchok was alive in order to cause pain for his father.
Anonymous, Yerushalayim, 2008-12-10 09:50:39
The Sifsei Chachomim perek 32 pasuk 8 says that Eisav didn't want to kill him in front of Yitzchok but in another place he had no problem.
Anonymous, 2008-12-10 10:31:09
then according to the Sifsei Chachomim, Rivka should have insisted that Yaakov stay at home rather than go far away where Eisav can kill him?
Anonymous, brooklyn, 2008-12-10 10:35:30
Maybe according to the Sifsei Chachomim, Rivka was scared that Yitzchok would die. Afterall didn't Yitzchok give the brachos because he thought his death was quickly approaching. Rivka may have felt the running away and hiding was less risky then being killed at the levaya.
M, 2008-12-11 08:24:59
I read that Rivka was afraid Esav would not be able to control his anger and would kill Yaakov when he saw him no matter whether Yitzchak was alive or not. The hope was that after sufficient time Esav's anger would subside to the point where he would "move on" and not kill Yaakov in any situation. I think I saw this in Rav Hildesheim's Perush on the parsha.
Anonymous, 2008-12-15 04:48:17
Esav never sincerely cared about his father's feelings or for the Mitzvah of Kibbud Av. He just wanted it to look to others (especially Yitzchak) like he cared. As the medrash points out - when he could not find a kosher animal he killed a dog to feed to Yitzchak. See Noam Elimelech Parshat Vayetze first Ma'amer. I do not understand this Ma'amer, but it based on this medrash.

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