5780 — Vayishlach: Looking Failure in the Face

Posted by Tovah Leah Nachmani on December 8, 2019
Topics: Bereishit (Genesis), Torah, Pardes from Jerusalem, VaYishlah

After 34 years as a fugitive on foreign soil, Yaakov returns home to resettle in his ancestral land. What makes him instigate a hazardous encounter with his brother Esav, who vowed to kill him for ‘stealing’ his blessing decades earlier? Did he really steal Esav’s blessing?

Terrified, yet ready to confront the failed relationship from his past, Yaakov prepares himself by sending gifts and words of appeasement to Esav and by offering a prayer of humility to God.
Acknowledging our own failures, large and small, what honest questions can help us to capitalize on the inevitable mistakes in our lives to bring us greater wholeness and success?

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Tovah Leah Nachmani has been inspiring students for 25 years, teaching Torah with Commentaries, Hebrew, Prayer, and Relationships Intimacy. She also serves as a dedicated faculty advisor to students at Pardes. She received her Teaching Certification with excellence in Tanach and Jewish Thought from the Michlelet Herzog Seminary in Gush Etzion, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University, with a degree in Religion and Near Eastern Language and Literature. Tovah Leah has written and guided experiential learning programs for decades, for Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations. She is also a Holistic health practitioner, promoting physical and emotional health. Tovah Leah and her husband Gabi live in Gush Etzion, are the grateful parents of seven children and are the active, loving grandparents of many grandchildren.

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