Parsha Q&A - Vayishlach
For the week ending 16 Kislev 5756; 8 & 9 December 1995
- Who did Yaakov send to Esav in Se'ir?
- Why was Yaakov both "afraid" and "distressed"?
- How did Yaakov prepare for his encounter with Esav?
- Hashem had promised Yaakov that He would protect him. Why was Yaakov afraid of Esav?
- During Yaakov's encounter with Esav, where was Dinah?
- With whom did Yaakov wrestle?
- What injury did Yaakov sustain?
- What was the angel forced to do before Yaakov agreed to release him?
- Why did Esav embrace Yaakov?
- Why did Yosef stand between Esav and Rachel?
- What happened to the four hundred men that accompanied Esav?
- What did Shimon and Levi do wrong when they killed the people of Shechem?
- Why does the Torah mention the death of Devorah?
- Which two kings were from the tribe of Binyamin?
- Rachel died when she gave birth to Binyamin and who else?
- In verse 35:22, why does the Torah state, "The sons of Yaakov were twelve?"
- How old was Yaakov when Yosef was sold?
- Esav changed the name of his wife, Ahalivamah, to Yehudis. Why?
- Which three categories of people have their sins pardoned?
- Why did Esav leave Eretz Canaan?
|Why did the guardian angel of Esav dislocate Yaakov's hip?|
- Yaakov's Error
- Sign for the Future
- The Gid Hanashe
- The Journey to Seir
- Rivka's Death
- Rachel's Tomb
- Strategy of the Gifts
- The Wrestling Match
- Yaakov's Injury
- The Gid Hanashe
- Surviving Esav
- The Guilt of Shechem
- The Meaning of Yaakov's Name
- The Power of Repentance
- Sefer HaChinuch
- The Gid Hanashe
All references are to the verses and Rashi's commentary, unless otherwise stated
- 32:4 - Angels (not human messengers).
- 32:8 - He was afraid he would be killed. He was distressed that he would have to kill.
- 32:9 - He sent gifts, he prayed, and he prepared for war.
- 32:11 - Yaakov was worried that perhaps he had sinned and forfeited Hashem's protection.
- 32:23 - Yaakov locked her in a chest so that Esav wouldn't see her and want to marry her.
- 32:25 - With Esav's guardian angel.
- 32:26 - His hip was dislocated.
- 32:27 - Admit that the blessings given by Yitzchak rightfully belong to Yaakov.
- 33:4 - His pity was aroused when he saw Yaakov bowing to him so many times.
- 34:7 - He wanted to prevent Esav from gazing at his mother.
- 34:16 - They slipped away one by one.
- 34:25 - They acted without consulting their father.
- 35:8 - Because she was sent to call Yaakov to come home, and died along the way. Also, her death coincided with the death of Rivka.
- 35:11 - Shaul and Ishboshes.
- 35:17 - Binyamin and two twin sisters.
- 35:22 - To stress that they were all equally righteous.
- 35:29 - One hundred and eight.
- 35:2 - To fool Yitzchak into thinking that she had abandoned idolatry.
- 36:3 - One who converts, one who is elevated to a position of leadership, and one who marries.
- 36:7 - He was ashamed for having sold his birthright.
|Yaakov bought the birthright from Esav in order to serve as a Kohen and bring sacrifices to Hashem. This sale was
an embarrassment to Esav. Esav's guardian angel wished to dislocate
Yaakov's hip because this is one of the blemishes that disqualifies
a Kohen from bringing sacrifices.|
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