Continued from previous study or Toldot (DZ 2284).
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“וַיֵּצֵא הָרִאשׁוֹן אַדְמוֹנִי כֻּלּוֹ כְּאַדֶּרֶת שֵׂעָר וַיִּקְרְאוּ שְׁמוֹ עֵשָׂו.”
“Now the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau.”
Rav Kahana says that the liver is the first and its color is red because it absorbs the blood. Rabbi Eliezer says that it is called ‘first’ because it’s the first to swallow the blood from every food. The liver works for the heart and it says (Genesis 25:23) ‘the older (bigger) shall serve the younger (smaller)’.
Rabbi Aba says that the Torah brings this teaching to show us that even though the world would reach perfection, its ways and nature won’t change.
“וַיִּגְדְּלוּ הַנְּעָרִים וַיְהִי עֵשָׂו אִישׁ יֹדֵעַ צַיִד אִישׁ שָׂדֶה וְיַעֲקֹב אִישׁ תָּם יֹשֵׁב אֹהָלִים”
“When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents.”
Rabbi Yessa says the liver is the aspect of Esau that is a ‘skillful hunter’ and the heart is Jacob a ‘peaceful man, living in tents (Torah)’. Jacob was active with his mind and thoughts, studying the Torah.