Torah portion, Genesis 32–36
Esau meets Jacob after 22 years. A distinction is made between Jacob's trouble and the Great Tribulation. What happens when overwhelming terror seizes the world? Is that the sign of Jacobs trouble? Jeremiah 30:7 For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's Trouble. Download the 2021-2022 Eighth Edition Torah To The Tribes Parashah
The past years have been traumatic and transformative. Rabbi Ingber discusses Romemu member Matthew Heineman's powerful documentary ‘The First Wave', which recalls and recasts the first 4 months of the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC and its relationship to the mythic moment of the Patriarch Jacob's wrestling with a mysterious foe in Genesis 32.
In this week's Torah portion of Vayishlach, Joseph has a dream of his brothers bowing down to him. This leads them into a furious rage and they sell him to slave traders heading to Egypt. When we have a dream, some may call us crazy or unrealistic. Others may be offended by our big ideas. Yet more often than not, when we stick to our dreams we are transformed by the journey, even if the destination we reach is not the one we had in mind. Meditation at the end of the episode.
Vayishlach | Revisiting Shkhem, by Rav Yitzchak Etshalom The "rape of Dina" and the bloody aftermath, which comprise all of chapter 34 and the middle of Parashat Vayishlach, is replete with difficulties which make the conventional understanding of Dina's rape and abduction and of Yaakov's silence as well as his response to Shimon and Levi difficult to explain. By analyzing the terms used to describe the encounter between Shkhem and Dina, we propose a novel understanding of the events, of Yaakov's broader plan in moving to Shalem, east of Shkhem and of the meaning behind Yaakov's dying words to Shimon and Levi. Source sheet >>
Summon Up All Your Resources and Win the War Lessons from Frederick the Great on How to Be the Best Version of Yourself With Rabbi Ari Sollish (Recorded live at the Intown Jewish Academy on November 10, 2021) Have you come up short in any personal battles lately? Jacob's tactics against his ruthless brother Esau all the way down to a great Prussian military leader teach us a timeless tactic: don't be a one-trick pony; focus all you've got on one front, and you'll win the war.
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Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at parsha 'Vayishlach,' (Genesis/Bereshiet 32:4 through chapter 36) and the next part of the story of the life of Yakov, or Jacob, when he begins his long return trip but faces some VERY large challenges along the way, including has brother Esau (is he still angry after two decades?) and what looks like an army of 400 men. But, even still, there is more to it than that. And it's arguably a battle -- on a number of fronts -- that we still face. First, the Erev Shabbat overview of the entire portion: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/hebrewnation/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/20130827/SSM-11-19-21-Vayishlach-teaching-podcast-x.mp3 Yakov is again identified with 'emet,' or 'truth,' in verse 11 of this first chapter of the parsha. But again, another prominent aspect of his life has to do with 'struggle.' And that struggle is on multiple fronts, with at least two differnt emotional reactions to examine. This is a parsha that, once again, REALLY speaks to us in a time of struggle. Yakov even was said to have struggled with Yah. This week, he struggled, "with man and with Elohim." Later in the portion, we see that he speaks with Yah, and is renamed "Isaac," but for a SECOND time. Why twice? And just who, or Who, did he wrestle with that first time? The questions here should help us understand not only THAT struggle, that didn't end in death the next day, but evidently never ended at ALL, and how so much of Yakov's struggle then remains something we "wrestle" with today, at minimum. "Vayishlach: We STILL Wrestle" https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/hebrewnation/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/20162052/WT-CooH-11-20-21-Vayishlach-We-Still-Wrestle-teaching-podcast-xxx.mp3 The combined two-part podcast is here:
We start out this cycle's parsha Vayishlach teaching by “putting our glasses back on,” reading through a passage in Isaiah that has the ability to powerfully re-center us. From that place of reset, we examine Jacob's wrestlings with Esau and with God. As a final point, we ponder the curious fact that though Jacob's name […] The post Vayishlach 2021 appeared first on Beth Tikkun Messianic Congregation.
Yaakov Avinu left the home of Lavan, a very wealthy man. And although, when he was talking to Lavan about his work, he described how much effort he put in and how hard he worked for him, that was not because Yaakov believed he needed all that effort to earn his wealth. But rather, since he was working for someone else, he was telling Lavan how faithful he was to him as an employee. In this week's parasha, Vayishlach, when Yaakov told Esav about how he earned all that he had, he said, כי חנני אלוקים which means Hashem gave him everything as a מתנת חינם, a free gift. He said “Hashem graciously gave to me everything that I have as an undeserved gift.” This is the attitude we are supposed to have regarding all of our possessions and money, no matter what we think we did to earn them. Everything we have was given to us by Hashem as an undeserved gift. How do we know if we really believe that? One way we could tell is during the times when we aren't getting what we want, or what we're praying for. If we honestly believe that we don't deserve anything, then we won't say, “Why isn't Hashem giving me; aren't I so good?” Rather, we would say, “Hashem You have given me so much until now, even though I didn't deserve it. Must be, You know now that what I'm asking for will not be good for me at the moment, and that's why You're not giving it to me. If I would make an accounting to see if I deserved what you have already given me, I would see that I'm very heavily in the red.” This was the attitude of Yaakov. He was returning to Israel with a promise from Hashem, that He would protect him from any harm. Yaakov felt the words of that promise to his core, as it says, וישא יעקב רגליו after Hashem told that to him, he was so happy. He was walking as if he was floating. Every step was so easily taken. He also had an additional promise from Hashem שוב אל ארץ אבותיך ולמולדתך ואהיה עימך-Hashem told him he would be with him as he traveled back home. But then, when Yaakov was told that Esav was coming with 400 men, he became afraid. The mefarshim ask, “What could Yaakov possibly be afraid of? First of all, he had a guarantee from Hashem for protection. Second of all, Yaakov had already defeated the Kings of Canaan with an army made up of just his children. The surrounding nations were all terrified of him as the pasuk testifies. When there was a boulder on top of a well that normally required many men to remove, Yaakov flipped it off effortlessly, as if taking off a bottle cap. Why was he afraid now of Esav? Chazal tell us, Yaakov knew everything happens only by what Hashem determines. It doesn't matter how strong a person is or how much people fear him. Yaakov also knew the damage of what sin could cause and he felt, perhaps, he may have done something wrong, which would warrant him being harmed by Esav. Sin can cause guarantees from Hashem to be taken away. Even though Yaakov was one of the greatest tzaddikim who ever lived, he honestly felt that perhaps his actions may have caused him to be undeserving of a promise that Hashem had already made him. This was the level that Yaakov reached. He truly felt that he never deserved anything. We should always pray to Hashem to give us what we want, but we must realize we definitely don't deserve it. And if Hashem decides it's better for us not to have it, we should never complain. We should thank Him for what He has given us already and for doing for us now what we need for our best. Shabbat Shalom
In this week's Torah portion of Vayishlach, Jacob has his name changed to Israel - the one who wrestles with God (sar el). The concept of God is a tricky concept. In my experience, I have found two main obstacles for someone having a relationship with G-O-D. The first obstacles are the classical images of God, and the second is the name itself. "To wrestle with, or doubt, God is perhaps the strongest form of faith." - Rabbi Misha Clebaner
Parshas Vayishlach, pardon G-d's interruption This week's Parsha Perspective is in loving memory of Edward Ben Efraim, Shlomo Ben Edward and Yirachmiel Daniel Ben Gedalia. May their souls be uplifted and their memories a blessing. This week's Parsha Perspective is in honor of the Refuah Shlema of HaRav Amitai Ben Shoshanna and Shaul Ben Berta. May they have a quick and complete recovery! Click here to listen, watch and connect! Parshaperspective.com Our Parsha begins with Ya'akov Avinu returning home to Cana'an after more than twenty years of absence. After 20 years apart, Ya'akov and Esav finally meet once again. Ya'akov bowed seven times, then embraced Esav as they cried together. We find out why the Parsha adds that Ya'akov fought Esav's angel. We learn what to do when G-d " interrupts" our lives.
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Is This World an ends or a means? Honestly, what do you think? Your answer to this question will completely impact the way you approach life and conduct your daily activities. Tune in to this week's Torah Sparks podcast to find out Yaakov Avinu's answer to the question of whether This World is an ends or a means. Get ready to be inspired. Powered by: TYA of Baltimore
Parshas Vayishlach is an action-packed parsha. After a tension-filled 20 years with Laban, Jacob has to dodge bullets for another parsha. Esau wants to kill him. The angel tries to strike at him the entire night. His daughter Dina is kidnapped and raped, and his sons slaughter the perpetrating city in rage. The bulk of […]
In this episode of Prophet Pearls, Vayishlach (Obadiah 1:1-21), the single-chapter vision of Obadiah, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson bring volumes of insight. We learn how the eschatological views of preterism, historicism and futurism apply to this Portion. We also … Continue reading → The post Prophet Pearls #8 – Vayishlach (Obadiah 1:1-21) appeared first on Nehemia's Wall.
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In this episode of The Original Torah Pearls, Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43), Nehemia Gordon explains the truth about the "613 commandments", Jacob's prayer for salvation, and the identity of who appeared to Jacob and Joshua. Image courtesy of the Jewish Museum. Download … Continue reading → The post Torah Pearls #8 – Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43) appeared first on Nehemia's Wall.
Yaakov walked with Hashem. He achieved an enviable closeness with Ha Kodesh Baruch Hu, understanding that He is present and involved in every aspect of creation. How can we integrate this truth into our own lives? How can we speak to Hashem and really feel that He's listening, that He's real and right here with us? In this hands-on shmuz, Rabbi Shafier presents us with an irresistible idea on how we can reach incredible heights in our own avodas Hashem. He also gives us three actionable suggestions on how to improve the quality of our davening and provides plenty of chizuk to get us started.