Vayishlach: Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, in the Afterlife by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Scene: The Afterlife, known as Sheol. Spirits flit about aimlessly: this is no Talmudic or Kabbalistic Heaven; that came later in Jewish History. We cannot see any of these spirits, but we can hear them.

Vayishlach By David Hartley Mark

Night on Mount Seir, the tribal portion of Esau, also called Edom (Hebrew, “red”) for his red hair, beard, and freckled complexion. He is chieftain of a large clan, intermingled with Canaanite sub-clans; we will never learn the time or place of his death, or his age at his passing. Even the genealogical lists in Gen. Chap. 36 stress his wives’ side of the Edomite Family, not his own. The Author(s) of Genesis clearly found Esau’s life and destiny to be inconsequential to the remainder of our Genesis Story, which will next focus on Joseph ben Jacob, who will bring his brothers down to Egypt, there to become the Children of Israel.

Vayishlach: Jacob’s Soliloquy By David Hartley Mark

Once I got away from my loving Dad-in-Law (ha!) Lavan, that leech, that bloodsucker, I thought our family was in the clear—I could settle back, let my donkey do the walking, while I rode up and down the caravan, proudly beholding my wives, children, cattle and property, like a desert chieftain ought to do: there […]

Mitzvah Mondays: Parshat Vayishlach 5773

Parshat Vayishlach

Vayishlach Scene: Esav’s return after his meeting and reconciliation with his brother Jacob at Peniel, where the two concluded peace after an absence of many years. The strong, bluff, but often obtuse Edomite leader asks for some time alone, while his armed followers move on to Mt. Seir, their stronghold, without him. He offers the […]

Kabbalat Shabbat: Parshat Vayishlach 5773

Torah Together: Parshat Vayishlach