JEWS at home are in Israel. What about the Diaspora — is Jewish history in the Diaspora the history of persecution? Two more radically different answers could hardly be imagined than these: Certainly so! Look at the Holocaust. Or, certainly not! Look at America.
In fact, the Torah hints at both of these answers, as well as more subtle ones.
As our Torah portion opens, Jacob, deeply frightened, prepares for his reunion with his brother Esau (Gen. 32:4-24). In Jewish lore, Esau has come to represent an archenemy of the Jewish people, Christianity, due to the long history of Christian persecution of Jews.