Parashat Vayishlah

Jacob and family return to Canaan to face Esau, after which Dinah is raped and two of Jacob's sons exact revenge.

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Jacob journeyed to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. Isaac then died at one hundred and eighty years with his sons, Esau and Jacob, burying him.

Esau took his families and his properties to another land, away from his brother Jacob, for their wealth was too great for them to dwell together.

Questions For Discussion

1. How did Jacob ask forgiveness from his brother? How do you ask forgiveness from someone?

2. Why do you think Esau forgave Jacob? How do you forgive someone?

3. With whom did Jacob wrestle?

4. What is the significance of Jacob having his name changed to Israel? If you could change your name, what would you change it to and why?

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Nancy Reuben Greenfield

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