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Existential Lentil Soup

Existential Lentil Soup

Remember how Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of lentil soup? 

That transaction wasn’t really about soup. It was about the eternality of the soul. That’s why Jacob made such an odd payment request—Esau’s birthright. 

That birthright wasn’t the family jewels or stock certificates. It was the right and responsibility to perform the Divine service. 

Esau exchanged that for a bowl of soup. In Jewish tradition the round lentils symbolize eternity so Esau traded his share of eternity for a soup flavored with eternity.

Existential Lentil Soup
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  • 6-8 servingsServings


  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 medium-sized carrots, diced
  • 2 medium-sized zucchinis (green or yellow, sliced or diced)
  • 1 potato, diced
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (optional)
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste


1. Chop onions and celery finely.

2. Sauté together in two tablespoons of oil.

3. Add remainder of the vegetables, stock, red lentils and tomato sauce.

4. Cook on low flame for two hours or until the lentils have melted.

5. Adjust seasonings to taste. Crack in freshly ground black pepper.

NOTE: This recipe freezes well