In the portion Toldot, Isaac and Rebecca have two sons: Jacob, the righteous and elevated son, and Esau, the lower one. When their mother, Rebecca, is pregnant with them they start fighting in her womb, and the kabbalists explain that whenever she walked by a place of prayer or study, Jacob would become awakened and want to go out, but when she walked by negative places, places of darkness, Esau would want to go out.
Rebecca, therefore, was confused. She had been praying to have children for many years and was not able to become pregnant. Finally, she does, and then realizes there is something wrong when there is fighting within her womb. The kabbalists tell us she went to Shem, one of the children of Noah, who was a great spiritual giant of that generation, to help her figure out what’s going on. He tells her there are two nations, two completely different souls, in her womb. Rashi,... read more