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Parashat Vayishlach – Fear Of Sin

וַיִּירָא יַעֲקֹב מְאֹד וַיֵּצֶר לוֹ And Yaakov became very frightened and was distressed   Yaakov was nervous. Esav, his brother who had previously committed to murdering him, was advancing upon him with four hundred men in his command. Yaakov came up with a plan of action. He split his family into two groups so that...

Parashat Vayishlach – The Hidden Hand

וַיֹּאמֶר אִם יָבוֹא עֵשָׂו אֶל הַמַּחֲנֶה הָאַחַת וְהִכָּהוּ וְהָיָה הַמַּחֲנֶה הַנִּשְׁאָר לִפְלֵיטָה And he said, “If Esav comes to one camp and strikes it [dead], the remaining camp will survive.” – ● Hashem’s ways are often mysterious. Sometimes, however, we can glimpse the intentions behind seemingly “bad” things that happen. – The Chafetz Chaim understood...

Parashat Vayishlach – Truth

לֹא יִקָּרֵא שִׁמְךָ עוֹד יַעֲקֹב, כִּי אִם יִשְׂרָאֵל יִהְיֶה שְׁמֶךָ Your name shall no longer be called Yaakov, but Yisrael shall be your name – ● While we strive for truth, in this world of untruth we occasionally need to be cunning. – Hashem changed Yaakov’s name to reflect his new reality. Rashi writes that...

Parashat Vayishlach – Bitachon To The Max

וַיִּשְׁלַח יַעֲקֹב מַלְאָכִים לְפָנָיו אֶל עֵשָׂו אָחִיו And Yaakov sent angels ahead of him to his brother Esav – ● Never invite a fight, even if it seems the fight is already on it’s way to you. – There is a common English expression “Let sleeping dogs lie”. Apparently, the source of this concept is...

Parashat Vayishlach – To Remain Holy

הַצִּילֵנִי נָא מִיַּד אָחִי מִיַּד עֵשָׂו Protect me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esav – ● A well-meaning rasha can be more dangerous than an antagonistic one. – Yaakov completed his mission. He escaped his brother Esav who was fuming at him, he went to Lavan as his parents had told...

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