What we discussed: Vayishlach

Posted on December 3, 2023

Shalom TBAY!

Wondering what we discussed this past Shabbat? Here is a link to Friday Night’s D’Var Torah: Giving Voice to the Victims: Speaking Out about the Sexual Violence of October 7th. In this D’Var Torah, I mentioned Mondays special session at the UN. T is at 11:30 a.m. Here is a link to view it online on here. You can also check the pages for Svivah and the National Council of Jewish Women..

On Saturday, we discussed the change in Jacob’s name to Yisrael. Why did God change his name? Was it because of a change in Jacob’s personality? Was it to reflect the two sides of Jacob – the earthly and the spiritual? And why is Jacob still referred to with both names, unlike Abraham who is never referred to as Avram after his name is changed? What do you think? Here is a link to the Source Sheet.

Shavua Tov!

— Rabbi Rubin : )