Vayishlah

Genesis 32:3-36:43

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In this Torah portion, God tells Jacob to return home. Jacob is worried that his brother Esau will kill him, so he separates his clan into two camps, so at least some will survive in case of a fight. Jacob sleeps alone in the desert and is awoken by an angel who wrestles him through the night. Jacob survives and is blessed by the angel and renamed Israel. Jacob meets his brother, and surprisingly, Esau kisses his neck and they embrace. Dinah, Jacob's daughter, is raped by Shekhem, who then proposes to Jacob that he marry her. Shimeon and Levi murder Shekhem and his clan. Rachel has another child, whom they name Benjamin.

Click here for a summary of Vayishlah.
Click here for a summary of the Haftarah for Vayishlah.

 

Wrestling
Jacob wrestled with God's angel and became Israel

 

Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Anatomy Of An Enemy
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Transformative Encounters
Alana Alpert, AJWS

The Question Is The Blessing
Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger, KOLEL

The Path to Reconciliation
Carol Towarnicky, AJWS

Confronting the Sitra Ahra
Rabbi Burt E. Schuman, Union for Reform Judaism

A Lack of Empathy
Aviva Presser Aiden, AJWS

 

Exile And Survival: Jacob's Legacy
Rabbi Gerry Serotta, socialaction.com

 

Small Vessels
Jonathan Neril, Canfei Nesharim

From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Truly Present To God And People
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

Recovery and Reconciliation
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative

Silent Deliberations
Rabbi Mark Wolf, Jewish Theological Seminary

Overcoming Envy
Dvora Weisberg, CLAL

Living With Threat
Rabbi Avraham Fischer, Orthodox Union

Struggling With Monotheism
Osnat Elnatan, UJA-Federation of New York

 

Making Today Matter
Erica Brown, Partnership for Jewish Life & Learning

Family and Fun

Comforting Dina
Rabbi Laura Geller, Women of Reform Judaism

Parashat Vayishlah Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

 

Parashat Vayishlah Challah
Julie Seltzer

 

Parashat Vayishlah for Families
Torah Topics for Today

 

Being Content With What You Have
Torah Topics for Today

Israel Means To Struggle With God
Torah Topics for Today

 

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