Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at the parsha “Vayishlach” (Genesis 32:3 rheough chapter 36).
The Erev Shabbat story continues the story of the life of the patriarch Yakov (Jacob) following his instruction from YHVH to “return to the land of your fathers.”
During the Sabbath Day study, Mark looks into some more of the ambiguity that seems to surround this man who is so identified with “emet” or Truth in Scripture, and yet is still at the center of so much confusion.
Why, for example, does his name get changed, but – not really?
It’s not just Yakov who “wrestled.” ALL of us who don’t understand why he, and his descendants, are STILL so often unable to recognize who we really are, or what the significance of those names are anyway, are still fighting the same battle he did.
There are more questions than answers in this parsha. But they are questions we much answer ourselves, just as he did.
The combined two-part teaching is here,
“Vayishlach: “Did Yakov REALLY become ‘Israel’ – and what does that say to US?”