Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43)

32:8 Why was Jacob both frightened and distressed?
What two great mitzvot was Esau able to observe?
32:23 Where was Dinah? What happened to Jacob as a result of this?
32:25 Why was Jacob alone?
What does his reason for crossing the river teach us?
Who is “the man” who wrestled with Jacob?
32:27 What is the significance of “for dawn has broken”?
Why does the verse state “have blessed me” instead of “will bless me”?
32:30 What was the angel’s name?
33:2 What is the significance of the order of placement?
33:4 What do the dots over the Hebrew word “vayishakeihu” signify?
Why did Joseph go before his mother?
33:9 What does “Let what you have remain yours” teach us?
33:9-11 How do these verses describe the fundamental difference between Jacob and Esau?
33:10 “please do not!”, what?
33:16 What happened to the 400 men?
How were the 400 men rewarded?
33:17 How long did Jacob stay in Sukkot?
How do we know?
33:18 What does “intact” signify?
Why did he encamp before the city?
33:19 What is a “kesitah”?
34:1 Why is Dinah not called the daughter of Jacob also?
34:2 What is the difference between “he lay with her” and “he violated her”?
34:3 What did Shechem say to her?
34:7 Why was “such a thing” not done?
34:12 What money is this verse referring to?
34:13 What was the penalty for Shechem’s actions?
34:16, 20 Why the transposition of words re: daughters?
34:25 Why were Dinah’s brothers confident?
34:25, 26 What does “at the point of sword” mean?
34:27 What did they do when they “came upon the slain”?
35:1 Why and how was Jacob punished?
35:2 Where did the alien gods come from?
What were they cleansing themselves of?
Why did they have to change their clothes?
35:11 Who does “a nation” refer to?
Who does “a congregation of nations” refer to?
Who does “and kings” refer to?
35:17 Why was the news that Rachel would have a boy be so comforting?
35:18 What does Ben Oni mean?
What does Binyamin (Benjamin) mean?
35:29 How old was Jacob when Isaac died?
36:12 Why did Amalek become the arch enemy of Judaism?
What does this teach us?

Additional Questions:

1. Whose angels did Jacob send to meet Esau?

2. Why did he send angels?

3. Jacob’s plan to meet Esau has been studied as a guide to oppose Anti-Semitism. What is it?

4. Why didn’t Abraham or Isaac have to confront someone wanting to kill them as Jacob did in confronting Esau’s guardian angel?

5. Why is the story of Esau the story of lost potential?

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