Favor Elevates Its Giver

Parashat VaYishlach, Gen 32:4–36:43 When someone asks us, “Will you do me a favor?” we’re likely to ask what they have in mind before we say yes or no. Why? Because a favor by definition is something undeserved, something that might go beyond the ordinary, and we want to know what it is before we… Continue reading Favor Elevates Its Giver

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Wrestling for Identity

 And Jacob was left alone. Genesis 32:25 This is only the second time we’ve seen Jacob really alone. The first time was when he camped at “a certain place” on the way out of the promised land, running from Esau. Now 20+ years later, he’s returning to the promised land, and about to meet up… Continue reading Wrestling for Identity

A Good Death

Parashat VaYishlach, Genesis 32:4–36:43 Now the days of Isaac were 180 years. And Isaac breathed his last, and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. Genesis 35:28–29 When a patriarch or matriarch dies the whole family suffers trauma. The family system… Continue reading A Good Death