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Vayishlach

The Journey Home (Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4 - 36:43)

Ariel Mayse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ariel Mayse

In Jewish tradition, the Jabbok symbolizes the enigmatic boundary between life and death. The far bank of the river, the locus of Jacob's struggle, is a liminal frontier shrouded in mystery and fear. But it is also a realm of transition and transformation.

A Kiss Of Life Or Death?

David N. Myers | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
David N. Myers

The tension builds as the two brothers, accompanied by hundreds of followers, move toward each other: "And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." Differing regimes of interpretation raise urgent questions for us.

Parshat Vayishlach: Bowing And Struggling Before God

Josh Fleet | Posted 02.05.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Jacob sends angels to Esau, his brother, in Edom. He gives them a message to deliver: "My lord, Esau, your servant Jacob says, 'I've lingered with Laban as a stranger till now. I've accumulated flocks and servants. Please, my lord, find favor in your eyes.'"