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Torah Talk for Parashat Vayishlach

November 28, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Yaakov confronts Esav, wrestles with a “man” who blesses him by changing his name to Yisrael, loses his wife Rachel in childbirth, and experiences the trauma of the incident with his daughter Deena.

There is an event in this week’s parasha that often goes overlooked. In Chapter 35, verse 8 we read, “Devorah, Rivka’s nurse, died, and she was buried below Bet-el under the the oak; and he called its name Allon-bachut.”

This verse is striking for many reasons. Read more >