A simmering pot of soup redolent of aromatic spices signaled two things in my childhood home - lentil soup for supper and the biblical story of Esau and Jacob retold.
My mother related, while stirring and stirring, how Jacob tricked his twin, Esau, into relinquishing his rights as first-born son. She said Jacob traded his famished brother a bowl of red lentil soup for Esau’s birthright.
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