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An Emissary of Peace

Most often, readers of the portion Vayishlach focus on the encounter between Jacob and Esau near the river Jabbok. For good reason!

D'var Torah By: 
Hard Lessons
Davar Acher By: 
Vanessa Ehrlich

When you ask any of our students or even their parents what they remember about Jacob, they may tell you about how he deceived Isaac to obtain Esau's birthright.

Facing Our Anxieties and Moving On

Our father Jacob is a man in motion. Even in the womb, he struggled to get out. Of all the patriarchs, we know him best. We've followed the ups and downs in his life.

D'var Torah By: 
Struggling to Find Yourself
Davar Acher By: 
David Friedman

Our Torah portion begins with Jacob's seeking to find ways to make peace with his brother, Esau. After all, Jacob knows that he attained his status through trickery and by deceiving Isaac.

A People by Any Other Name

Toward the end of my comments on Parashat Vayeitzei, I noted that the collator of the Genesis stories had before him a real challenge.

D'var Torah By: 
More than a Name
Davar Acher By: 
Jennifer Kaluzny

Just as we did not expect a wrestling match would give way to a nation, neither did we expect it to be the source of the name for that nation. Dr.

The Reluctant Warrior

Because we know how it ends, we may not feel the suspense as Parashat Vayishlach opens. Jacob prepares to return home and confront his estranged brother, Esau, after 20 years apart.

D'var Torah By: 
Willing Wrestlers
Davar Acher By: 
Karen S. Citrin

Rabbi Segal highlights the tension and anxiety likely felt by both brothers prior to their dramatic encounter.

Divided We Stand

Jacob, the ancestor for whom the entire people Israel comes to be named, turns out to be a pretty divisive character.

D'var Torah By: 
From Inner Division to Outward Transformation
Davar Acher By: 
Joseph R. Black

Rabbi Pankin, in his d'var Torah, writes eloquently about the concept of division that is inexorably linked with the Yaakov/Yisrael narrative.

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