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Parashat Vayishlach

פרשת וישלח

ספר בראשית

"And he sent"


God commands Y‘aqov to return home to the Holy Land. Y‘aqov sends emissaries to meet Esav to try to reconcile and they return saying that he is coming with 400 men. The theme of reunion triggers an incredible series of dramatic events: Y‘aqov wrestles with a man who blesses him and changes his name to Yisrael. The brothers hug and cry together; they part again, this time in peace. Dinah, Y‘aqov's only daughter, is raped in Shechem and Shim‘on and Levi liquidate the entire city in revenge. Rachel, Y‘aqov's beloved wife, dies giving birth to Binyamin.

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