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The Wrestler The Wrestler
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The Wrestler
Vayishlach Parshah Report
Jono learns some wrestling pointers from our forefather Jacob
Why Jacob Got a New Name Why Jacob Got a New Name
Our Jewish name reflects our identity
Yaakov’s Three-Pronged Strategy Yaakov’s Three-Pronged Strategy
A 90 second insight on parshat Vayishlach
Learn from Jacob’s encounter with Esau how to approach life’s challenges and battles.
Why Binyomin Was Renamed Why Binyomin Was Renamed
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayishlach
A Kosher Butcher A Kosher Butcher
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A Kosher Butcher
Practical Parshah—Vayishlach
The story of Jacob’s struggle with an angel provides the source for the prohibition of eating the sciatic nerve of an animal. In this class, other complicated issues involving the preparation of kosher meat are also discussed.
No Compromising Our Judaism No Compromising Our Judaism
Life Lessons from Parshat Vayishlach
From Jacob’s fearless encounter with Esau we derive a powerful message in standing firm in our commitment to Torah.
Divine Providence and the Sciatic Nerve Divine Providence and the Sciatic Nerve
Parshah Vayishlach
As a remembrance that Jacob's sciatic nerve was damaged in his wrestling match with an angel, the Torah forbids us from eating the sciatic nerve (gid hanashe) of an animal. Interestingly, this also shows us the extent to which every detail of our lives is directed by Divine Providence.
Esau Kissed Jacob Esau Kissed Jacob
Video | 25:00
Esau Kissed Jacob
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Vayishlach
In the verse (Genesis 33:4) that tells us how Esau kissed Jacob, the word "kissed" has a dot over each letter. How does this hint to the idea that the greatest enemy of spiritual growth is the resistance to studying the mystical parts of Torah?
How to Fight a War How to Fight a War
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How to Fight a War
How to Study Torah - Vayishlach
How Jacob prepared for a potentially deadly confrontation with his murderous brother, Esau. Discover the Torah’s “rules of engagement” in a time when we’re forced to wage war rather than make peace.
Could Dinah Have Made Esau Repent? Could Dinah Have Made Esau Repent?
From Likutei Sichos - Vayishlach
Jacob hid his daughter from the wicked Esau. But did Dinah actually have the power to make Esau repent? Based on the commentary of Rashi on the verse (Genesis 32:23) "And [Jacob] arose during that night, and he took his two wives and his two maidservants and his eleven children, and he crossed the ford of [the River] Jabbok." From Likutei Sichos, vol. 35, pp.150-155.
Yaakov’s Mysterious Encounter Yaakov’s Mysterious Encounter
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Yaakov’s Mysterious Encounter
Returning for Three Little Jars
After Yaakov transfers his family and belongings across the stream, he returns alone to retrieve small jars. This backtracking led to his dangerous encounter with the ministering angel of Eisav. Learn the classic commentaries and the deeper message on this episode.
Parsha Gems: Vayishlach Parsha Gems: Vayishlach
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Parshah Insights: Vayishlach Parshah Insights: Vayishlach
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Mnemonics: Vayishlach Parshah Mnemonics: Vayishlach
Decoding the hidden messages
The parshah of Vayishlach contains 154 verses and the mnemonic for it is the word ‘kelitah’ (which means to absorb). Explore the coded message in this Masoretic note and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah.
Mother Rachel's Monument Mother Rachel's Monument
The story of the world’s first Jewish tombstone!
Learn the biblical story of our matriarch Rachel’s passing and unusual burial at the side of the road, and discover the incredible significance of Rachel’s Tomb.
How a Jew Confronts Threatening Circumstances
Parshah Curiosities: Vayishlach
There’s an ancient custom to recite the Torah portion of Vayishlach prior to embarking on dangerous travel. Yaakov’s encounter with Eisav conveys remarkable directions in facing unnatural challenges and mortal enemies.
The Meat of a Miracle The Meat of a Miracle
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The Meat of a Miracle
Why we don’t eat sirloin steak
A tantalizing teaching about the improbable prohibition against sirloin steak; featuring varying flavours of rabbinic reasoning and seasoning. Discover the ultimate purpose behind this mitzvah of Gid Hanasheh (sciatic nerve); illuminating the sweep of Jewish history, down to the tiny details. Deeply scholarly, this rumination draws upon a wide range of classical sources, yet provides the student with inspiring and practical lessons for life.
Massacre or Mitzvah: Were Shimon and Levi Justified? Massacre or Mitzvah: Were Shimon and Levi Justified?
Parsha Curiosities: Vayishlach
Arriving in Shechem, Dina ventured out to observe the local girls. She was abducted by the Crown Prince, who violently raped and abused her. Without seeking counsel, two of her brothers brutally massacred the townspeople along with the perpetrator. Does the Torah sanction or condemn their unilateral actions?
How to Confront an Adversary How to Confront an Adversary
A Taste of Text—Vayishlach
How to react when confronted with an opportunity that may challenge, tempt or oppose your beliefs or goals . . .
In a Strange Land In a Strange Land
Video | 6:34
In a Strange Land
The Torah relates how our forefather Jacob behaved when he dwelled with Laban. Overcoming all the challenging circumstances he found himself in, he remained loyal and true to serving G-d despite them. While this steadfastness was a clear demonstration of where Jacob’s true allegiance lay, it still wasn’t the true fulfilment of his potential.
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