Vayishlach

וַיִּשְׁלַח
[Jacob] Sent

Genesis 32:4−36:43

When Is Vayishlach Read?

/ 19 Kislev 5781
/ 16 Kislev 5782
/ 16 Kislev 5783

Summary

  • Jacob prepares to meet Esau. He wrestles with a "man," who changes Jacob's name to Israel. (32:4-33)
  • Jacob and Esau meet and part peacefully, each going his separate way. (33:1-17)
  • Dinah is raped by Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, who was chief of the country. Jacob's sons Simeon and Levi take revenge by murdering all the males of Shechem, and Jacob's other sons join them in plundering the city. (34:1-31)
  • Rachel dies giving birth to Benjamin and is buried in Ephrah, which is present-day Bethlehem. (35:16-21)
  • Isaac dies and is buried in Hebron. Jacob's and Esau's progeny are listed. (35:22-36:43)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Vayishlach Commentary

Torrah and Kippah

Facing Our Faults on the Other Side of the River

By: Rabbi Dan Moskovitz

The stories in Genesis are heavy with human experience; they turn on every conceivable emotion, and life and relationship challenge. In this way, Torah in general, and the Book of Genesis in particular, provide a spiritual mirror that reflects back to us our best, and sometimes most...

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