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"Now Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until the rise of dawn" (Genesis 32:25).
Rabbi Zoe Klein (hereafter RaZaK) offers a nuanced, elegant commentary on the verse "Now Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until the rise of dawn" (Genesis 32:25).
To the familiar "How odd of God to choose the Jews" we might well add, upon reading the story of Jacob/Israel, "But stranger still is Israel/It's odd indeed to be his seed/Part cheat, part mouse, y
In the tale of the rape of Dinah (Genesis 33:18 - 34:31) the Torah gives an astonishingly clear picture of people's confusion in responding to rape.
The drama of Jacob and Esau is not over yet. In the previous episode involving the two brothers, Jacob stole Esau's birthright and blessing by tricking their father, Isaac.
We read only a short time ago, in Genesis 27, that Jacob stole the birthright and blessing of his brother, Esau.
In the 1940s, when a group of philanthropists sought to find a name for the American Jewish university they were opening outside of Boston, several ideas were debated.
If you think that old episodes of The Lone Ranger were dramatic, they were nothing compared with the evening leading up to Jacob's meeting with Esau after twenty years of hidi
Fear can be a powerful motivator. It can cause us to behave in ways we might not otherwise. It can move us forward or keep us stuck where we are.
Rabbi Dunsker's thoughtful d'var leads us to consider the choices we make in dealing with fear.