Vayishlah 5783: Confronting Hate

Posted by Pardes Faculty on December 6, 2022
Topics: Parsha, Pardes from Jerusalem, Bereishit (Genesis), Torah, VaYishlah

Yaakov returns from Lavan’s house to meet Esav, and he is petrified. Esav is coming with 400 men. Is he seething with hatred and violence, or has he possibly missed his brother and is instead coming to welcome him. The parsha is filled with ambiguity.

Aviva and Alex discuss the nuances of the biblical and rabbinic personalities of Yaakov and Esav as they apply these paradigms to the topic of antisemitism in our own day and age.

Credits: Rabbi Alex Israel and Aviva Lauer – Pardes Faculty


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