“Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother (as well as from the hand of Esau.” Genesis 33-12. As pointed out by Rabbi Peli, of Beer Sheva University, two important holidays in the Jewish calendar act as witness to the dual danger as we celebrate the deliverance from it.  Chanukah marks the deliverance from the bearhug of Hellenistic assimilation, which almost strangled the soul of Israel.  Purim, on the other hand, marks deliverance from the strong hand of Esau, which almost succeeeded in destroying the body of Israel.  Both are echoed in this prayer of Jacob.

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