Vayishlah

Genesis 32:3-36:43

For full text in Hebrew and English, click here: Genesis 32:3-36:43

In this Torah portion, God tells Jacob to return home. Worried that his brother Esau will kill him, Jacob divides 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 brutally murder Shekhem and his clan. Rachel has another child, whom she and Jacob name Benjamin.

 

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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 Dark Side
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 University

 

Recovery and Reconciliation
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Big Tent Judaism

 

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


Parshat Vayishlah Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

 

Parshat Vayishlah Challah
Julie Seltzer

 

Parshat 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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