Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa Fellowship for the two-part study of the life of Yakov, or Jacob, as he now returns to the land, both of his birth AND the promise, for the long-awaited encounter with his brother, Esau.
Is he still murderously angry, two decades later? Is it “kill or be killed”?
Parsha “Vayetze” (Genesis chapters 32:3 through all of 36) addresses the issue of “brother against brother,” and the possibility of reconciliation, and restoration of ‘right relationship’. It’s also about faith, and promises, and even “how to pray”.
The Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) overview and intro:
The fact that internal strife, not just in the no-longer-very-united States seems almost inevitable makes the confrontation between the two brothers — which did NOT end, at least immediately, in bloodshed — seem more relevant than ever. But there is a related question that also figures prominently in this parsha: Just WHO is Esau?
“Vayishlach: Brother vs Brother”
The combined two-part teaching is here: