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  • Vayishlach: You name it

    3 weeks ago

    Something very strange happens at the juncture of last week’s parsha (Vayetze) and this week’s (Vayishlach). In the last verse of Veyetze (Genesis 32:3), Jacob saw angels and said, “This is the camp of God” – and he named the place Machanayim, which means “two camps.”

    Five verses...

  • Jacob’s stand: Parashat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43)

    November 28, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Jacob returns to Canaan, where 20 years earlier he fled his brother Esau’s wrath after stealing his birthright. But time does not seem to have healed the wound. Esau comes to greet him with 400 men, an army. Apparently, he will fulfill his 20-year-old intention to kill Jacob.

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  • Be who you are

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    January 8, 2009 | 4:29 pm

    One of my favorite times of each week is when we bless our children during Shabbat dinner.

    Each week, in the liminal moment between kiddush and motzi, between sanctifying the day and thanking God for the food we are about to enjoy, we stop, as many Jewish families do, and offer our...

  • Them vs. Us

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 10, 2008 | 10:53 pm

    Was it Mort Sahl who said, "Just because I'm a paranoid, doesn't mean that they're not out to get me"?

    In this week's parsha, the narrative begins with the drama of Yaakov and his tender flock -- two wives, two quasi-wives, 11 sons, a daughter -- preparing to meet with an oncoming...

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  • Own your problems

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Jacob's route, as he returns from his uncle's home in the land of Haran to his parent's home in the land of Canaan, does not take him anywhere near the territory of Esau. His brother has already moved his growing tribe to the land of Edom, well to the south of anywhere Jacob would be...
  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In Parshat Toldot, Jacob and Esau are born. Even though they are twins, they are opposites: Jacob is the quiet, studious type, while Esau is a hunter who loves to be out in the world. The world used to think of Jews as being just quiet and studious, but when Israel became a state the...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Pity Esau. One moment of weakness, one moment ofimpulse, and his birthright is gone. He goes out to fulfill hisfather's dying wish for a savory meal of game, and while he's outhunting, his mother and brother conspire and rob him of his blessing.Returning to his father with the feast,...

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