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Genesis 32:3 - 36:43

Obadiah 1:1-21


This Parashah covers Jacob's return to the land. This week's Torah portion is very prophetic for us in this last days, it connects the move of Islam with the life of Esau. The parallels with what is going on around us in amazing and you know that what happened to our fathers will happen to us. This torah portion is about understanding the life of Jacob so that we can recognize the end time prophecies.

Have you ever wondered "why" the story of Jacob wrestling with the Messenger is placed here in the text of Chapter 32 immediately after Jacob sends the tribute to Esau? We will cover these areas and continue to elaborate on the importance of legality found within Scripture.

Have you realized that current events involving the Land of Israel are linked to this Torah Portion

This page includes Torah Portions from multiple years covered by Wisdom in Torah. Each year we covered the Torah from a different perspective so you can explore each Parashah from a different perspective and focus.

  • 2010 Portions: Focus on Messianic connections in the Parashah
  • ANET Portions: Focus on the ancient Near Eastern cultural context of the Parashah
  • Mitzvot Portions: Focus on explaining and exploring the commandments found in the Parashah (in progress)
  • 2015 Portions: Revisiting the Parashah looking at the ancient cultural context more in depth with additional areas that have been researched
  • Brit Portions: Focus on connecting the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) to the Parashah

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Rico Cortes

I am a teacher of Scriptures, Torah follower, and believer in Messiah Yeshua. I have been given the opportunity to share the Word of God with many believers around the world. My work as a servant of the Most High God has allowed me to be a voice to spread the good news of the New Testament, unveiling its truth through context and the obedience to the Almighty through his Torah.

52 thoughts on “Torah Portion Vayishlach Complete”

  1. Perhaps this is a stretch; could the people that Esau wanted to “assign” to Jacob be the Palestinians? It’s not written out in either of my Stone Edition Torah or Complete Jewish Bible. Is it written or hinted at somewhere else? Maybe?

  2. I also have a question. Restoring honor to one’s name/family sounds a lot like vengeance to me. Probably my western mindset, but how are these different or are they different? Yahweh says that vengeance belongs to Him.

    1. Shalom
      In this case the actions of Simeon and Levi were not the proper way to restore honor. They acted in vengeance and that is why Jacob judges the rage they had towards the people of Shechem. Jacob was trying to do the proper thing but then in the torah you see measures to limit Israel from doing the same thing.

  3. I always thought that the reason Jacob or his sons would not have given Dinah to Shechem was because of the covenant God made with Abraham with circumcision as a sign. These were uncircumcised people and it seems to me that Jacob had to choose between restoring the honor of his family/name or honoring the covenant God made with Abraham. I just always thought that it would have been wrong to give Dinah to Shechem for that reason.

  4. in hour one, at the 34: 30 mark, you’re saying the rabbis teach that the events of the lives of the patriarchs presage events later — & yes indeed this in confirmed in the Brit hadasha, that they things which ocurred before were written down for our isntruction — yes indeed. Yet, we know that not everything that is done on this earth, is what Yah actively desires to happen. Sometimes people do things He is against. Sometimes, this is even done by the people He is using as servants or is in covenant with – as when Moshe struck the rock instead of just speaking to it as Yah ordered. Because Moshe did that, the events of Messiah’s death had to be harsher, to stay in line with the prophecies. So Moshe inadvertently altered Yah’s intended plans for His Son. Yah had to change His plan to accommodate the actions of a human. so – maybe this happened with this torah portion too? maybe we see (for example) in 1 kings 12 that there was a division of the kingdom, NOT because Yah really wanted it but simply because Jacob’s fearful action in Bereshit 32 made a later division required….. just a thought… shalom, & thank you again. 🙂

  5. thank you for sharing these jewels, hermanito !
    I wold like to contribute to the discussion, this idea: that at the hour one point of 25:40 you’re saying the christians say “oh, just have faith, the Lord will deliver”, & you say “yes, He delivers but we also have to do our part ” — I suggest that our part should be grounded in faith/obedience to torah; in this situation if Jacob had been exercising faith & obeying Yah’s commands, Jacob would NOT have divided his family. He would NOT have sent gifts ahead to Esau, with submissive words like “this is from YOUR SERVANT Jacob”… in my opinion, Jacob insulted His Suzerain with these & similar actions.

  6. I noticed a pattern regarding Abraham’s burial and Issac’s burial. Both sons – the sons of the promise Isaac and Jacob) and the son not of the promise (Ismael and Esaw) are at their fathers burial. Is this something that is important somehow? Does anyone have an insight?
    Shalom, shalom,

    1. shalom, sister,you’re right, they do come — good question! maybe this is a hint/foreshadowing that at any time of the passing of the blessings to the next generation of witnesses, both the obedient and the obedient will be present, so we should be on our guard & despite the sadness of our loss, be alert against those who would exploit our new situation for their own gain??? i admit I am figuratively scratching my head over your question. 🙂

  7. Salom Ricco;

    your explanation of Jacob encountering Essau, the Great Tribulation is one thing, the Rabbi’s call Jacob’s Trouble, a treaty confirmed, but it’s the last 3.5 years is called…

    Your explanation I have heard before from others, and just as with others, I feel there is detail lacking; I’ve have not yet heard from any one what the distinct difference are? Be helpful to have a white board and somtime stand up and make diagrams. I appreciate you effort but the explanation if very unclear.

  8. Hey Rico, I am fairly new to your site. I am catching up on Torah Portions and am currently studying Vayishlach. I find your discussion interesting and so very appropriate regarding how Israel has three ways to deal with conflict.

    1. Appease (building restrictions, prisoner swaps, land for peace, etc.)
    2. Prayer … since you recorded this portion last year, we now see that Netanyahu just established a scripture study in his home in December of 2011.
    3. War.

    Thanks for helping us see the Biblical Cycles in today’s headlines! Shalom!!

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