Esau despised it and sold it for a pittance. Yaakov cherished it and nearly paid for it with his life: What is so important about the birthright that Esau and his contemporary spiritual descendants will cry so bitterly over it today while just yesterday it meant not a thing to them?
On the other hand, Yaakov's children, such as the Beta Yisrael Jews of Ethiopia, never forget and never despair of their G-d given birthright. The Sigd celebration bears witness to the resilience of the children of Israel, and the enduring promise of the birthright and the blessing.
Yitzchak Reuven is once again alone in the studio in this week's edition of Temple Talk as Rabbi Richman is in the USA continuing his month long speaking tour.