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

By Ariel Evan Mayse and Yossi Quint The opening of this week’s “parasha” (portion) finds Jacob on his journey home after many years of indentured servitude. He returns in triumph with a new family and great wealth, but coming back to the land of his forebears means that Jacob must confront a shadow from his past. He must finally make amends with his brother Esau, from whom he fled so many years previously.In preparation for this meeting, Jacob sends messengers bearing gifts before him, pe … [Read more...]