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  • Vayishlach (5774) – Be Thyself

    I have argued in previous years of Covenant and Conversation that the episode in which the Jewish people acquired its name – when Jacob wrestled with an unnamed adversary at night and received the name Israel – is essential to… read more

  • Vayishlach (5773) – Fear or Distress?

    Jacob and Esau are about to meet again after a separation of twenty two years. It is a fraught encounter. Once, Esau had sworn to kill Jacob in revenge for what he saw as the theft of his blessing. Will… read more

  • Vayishlach (5772) – The Jewish Journey

    Why is Jacob the father of our people, the hero of our faith? We are “the congregation of Jacob”, “the children of Israel.” Yet it was Abraham who began the Jewish journey, Isaac who was willing to be sacrificed, Joseph… read more

  • Vayishlach (5771) – Collective Responsibility

    By any standards it was a shocking episode. Jacob had settled on the outskirts of the town of Shekhem, ruled by Hamor. Dinah, Jacob’s daughter, goes out to see the town. Shekhem, Hamor’s son, sees her, abducts and rapes her,… read more

  • Vayishlach (5770) – Moral Dilemmas

    Jacob, on his way home after an absence of 22 years, hears that Esau is coming to meet him with a force of 400 men. He is terrified. He knows that many years earlier, his brother was merely waiting for… read more

  • Vayishlach (5769) – Jacob’s Destiny, Israel’s Name

    It is the moment the Jewish people acquired its name. Nothing could have been more unexpected or mysterious. Jacob is about to meet the brother he had not seen for 22 years – Esau, the man who had once vowed… read more

  • Vayishlach (5768) – Jacob Wrestling

    The story of Jacob’s wrestling match with an unnamed adversary, alone at night, is surely one of the most enigmatic in the entire Torah. With whom was Jacob wrestling? The text itself calls him “a man.” According to the prophet… read more

  • Vayishlach (5767) – Fear or Distress?

    Jacob and Esau are about to meet again after a separation of twenty two years. It is a fraught encounter. Once, Esau had sworn to kill Jacob in revenge for what he saw as the theft of his blessing. Will… read more