The Parsha Discussion with Alex Israel — Vayishlach. Insignificant Verses, Really?

Posted by Alex Israel on December 12, 2019
Topics: The Parsha Discussion, Bereishit (Genesis), VaYishlah

Are there meaningless verses in the Torah? Our dramatic parsha ends with a long and arduous list of the genealogy of Esau and his clan. The family tree is written in painstaking detail over forty-three verses. It is difficult to fathom why the Torah expends such attention to Esau’s progeny.

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Alex teaches Bible at Pardes and is the Director of the Community Education Program and the Summer Program. Alex was born and raised in London. He holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education London and Bar-Ilan University. Alex studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Rav Yehudah Amital, and gained Rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Rabbinate. Click here to read more.

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