Daily Zohar # 2291 – Toldot – Trick him before he takes your treats
Jacob knew that Esau must connect to the Snake because Esau was born with the image of the Snake on his thigh (Rabbi Hashlah Hakadosh, Toldot). Jacob had to use ‘tricks’ of the Snake in order to have what he was entitled to from Esau. He tricked Esau into selling him the rights of the first born.
Esau was known as ‘hairy’. Every Rosh Chodesh, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur they used to sacrifice a goat, the Hebrew word for a goat is שעיר the same word is used to describe Esau. This type of Sacrifice helped us disconnect from the negative energy of the Snake.
After the destruction of the Holy Temple we are not allowed to bring sacrifices but we include the description of that process in our prayers. We have in our daily prayers several mentions of the different sacrifices. These are in the frame of the world of Asiah (Action) in the beginning of the prayers. It is greatly beneficial to read them before the start of the prayers. Most synagogues start after the part the sacrifices.