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Category: Vayishlach

The Dinah Narrative (Bereishit 34): Moral Ambiguities in a Dreadful Story

by Rabbi Hayyim AngelPosted on October 21, 2016

Dinah, Shekhem and the Brothers: A Template for Current Political, Sociological and Moral Conversations

by Rabbi Asher LopatinPosted on October 21, 2016

What Does the Torah Have to Say About Thanksgiving?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on November 25, 2015

With all the tragic events occurring around the world, it is a time of great anxiety. And yet, with Thanksgiving, we must take a moment to reflect on the meaning of thankfulness. What should we be thankful for? How can we cultivate thankfulness in ourselves? Feeling grateful for all that we have received is not Continue Reading »

My Name is Yaakov

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on December 3, 2014

“And Yaakov was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day” (Breishit, 32:24). Who was this man? The most common explanation is that it was an angel, the “Heavenly prince of Esav,” and that this wrestling represented Yaakov’s struggle against his external adversaries and anticipated the momentous encounter he would Continue Reading »

“No Longer Shall Your Name be Yaakov, but Yisrael” – Personal Transformation while Living with our Past

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on November 18, 2010

Yaakov Aveinu is a challenging character – one who is traditionally associated with the quality of emet – titen emet li’Yaakov – but who often seems to more be a person of trickery or deceit.  From purchasing the birthright, to stealing the blessing, to using the staves with Lavan’s sheep, he, like his name, works Continue Reading »

“And He Was Limping on his Thigh” – Paying the Cost of Integrity

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on December 4, 2009

Parshat VaYishlach opens with Yaakov preparing to confront Esav on his return to the Land of Canaan. We, as the reader, are eager to find out not only whether Yaakov will emerge unscathed, but how Yaakov will achieve this goal. Will this encounter differ in character from his last one with Esav, twenty years ago? Continue Reading »