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How Is Your Family? Speaking About Our Challenging Children©

How Is Your Family? Speaking About Our Challenging Children© Parashat Toledot – Rabbi David Baum
I want to ask you a question – how is your family? When people ask you, how is your family, how do you answer them?
Do we answer the question honestly? Like, for example, “well, my 30-year-old son is so reflective and driven – he's so reflective that he meditates on my couch all day while also intensely playing video games.” Or, “my daughter, she's so artistic and creative, in fact, she just got her 30th tattoo, this one on her neck and face!” Are we that honest? No, we aren't.
I want to talk about the son and daughter who don't hit the milestones that their peers hit – because they are different. Today, I want to talk about Eisav – the son or daughter whom we don't talk about when we are asked, how is your family?
But first, I wanted to take a detailed look at Eisav. Who was Eisav? The rabbis do not look kindly upon Eisav – he ranges from the hunter who is obsessed with …