121. "And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck" (lit. 'necks') (Beresheet 33:4). The word "neck" is written without the letter Yud. It is written, "and kissed him; and they wept." Rabbi Yitzchak said, "But the wicked are like the troubled sea, which cannot be still, and whose waters cast up mire and dirt" (Yeshayah 57:20). This verse has already been explained. How many deep mysteries are there in the words of the Torah! They are different from each other, yet all is one.
122. "But the wicked are like the troubled sea, which cannot be still." This verse refers to Esau, all of whose deeds were sinful and wicked. He was not sincere in his approach to Jacob. He fell upon his neck, namely, the one neck - FOR THE LETTER YUD IS MISSING (WHICH IMPLIES THE PLURAL FORM, 'NECKS') - of Jerusalem, which is the neck of the world. THE SCRIPTURE READS, "And fell on his neck," and not, 'on his necks,' WITH A YUD, for the Temple was destroyed twice, first by Babylonians and then by the seed of Esau. The result is that Esau besieged and destroyed Jerusalem only once. Therefore it is written, "and fell on his neck," in the singular, WITHOUT A YUD, WHICH MEANS HE DESTROYED IT ONLY ONCE.
123. The word FOR, "and kissed him," is written with vowels above THE LETTERS, WHICH INDICATES that he did not kiss him willingly. We learned that the verse, "the kisses of an enemy are importunate" (Mishlei 27:6), refers to Bilaam, who blessed Yisrael unwillingly. Here, too, "the kisses of an enemy are importunate," refers to Esau.
124. Rabbi Yosi said, It is written, "Arise, Hashem; save me, my Elohim: for You have smitten all my enemies upon Your cheek; You have broken the teeth of the wicked" (Tehilim 3:8). We have already learned that "broken" (Heb. shibarta) may be read as 'lengthened' (Heb. shirbavta). THIS WAS SAID OF ESAU, whose teeth were lengthened because he planned to bite him.
125. They therefore wept, the one and the other. Come and behold, Esau was so disposed to harm Jacob that even when KISSING HIM, he thought to denounce him and bring evil on him in the future. Therefore, "they wept," the one because he thought he might not be saved from him, and the other because his father was still alive and he could not KILL HIM.
126. Rabbi Aba said, Assuredly Esau's anger was weakened when he saw Jacob, because Esau's minister agreed with him, ACCEPTING AND AFFIRMING THE BLESSINGS. Thus, Esau could not vent his anger, because everything in this world depends on the world above, and whatever is agreed upon above is also accepted below. And so there is no government below until power is given from above. Moreover, everything is interdependent, FOR WHATEVER IS DONE IN THIS WORLD DEPENDS ON WHAT IS DONE ON HIGH.