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Parsha Curiosities: Vayishlach
Massacre or Mitzvah: Were Shimon and Levi Justified?
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 t...
Why we don’t eat sirloin steak
The Meat of a Miracle
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 Jew...
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayishlach
Why Binyomin Was Renamed
Our Jewish name reflects our identity
Why Jacob Got a New Name
Returning for Three Little Jars
Yaakov’s Mysterious Encounter
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 thi...
Parshah Curiosities: Vayishlach
How a Jew Confronts Threatening Circumstances
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.
Decoding the hidden messages
Parshah Mnemonics: Vayishlach
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.
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Insights: Vayishlach
A 90 second insight on parshat Vayishlach
Yaakov’s Three-Pronged Strategy
Learn from Jacob’s encounter with Esau how to approach life’s challenges and battles.
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