Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat's Haftorah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting way, making learning the Haftorah a fun and enlightening experience each and every week.
And Yaakov asked and said, “Tell me your name.” And he said, “Why do you ask my name?” And he blessed him there. (Beresheit 32:30) Yaakov awaits his encounter with Esav. During the night he battles with a man. Our Sages explain that this man is an angel representing Esav. The angel cannot overcome Yaakov. […]
You may recall that Yaakov left home because his brother Eisav was out to kill him. Now that he was returning, Yaakov took appropriate steps to prepare for the reunion. He turned to G-d for help, he sent gifts in the hopes of appeasing Eisav, and he prepared for battle. Yaakov sent messengers to Eisav […]
Yaakov prepared a gift for Eisav. There were hundreds of animals of various species, which he separated into herds. He sent each herd separately, with a different servant, each of whom was to tell Eisav that it was a gift from Yaakov, who was coming up behind them. He sent the herds ahead, then led […]
Yaakov called the place where he had wrestled the angel Peniel (“face of G-d”), since it was there that he had metaphorically confronted G-d “face to face.” Yaakov limped away because of the injury the angel had inflicted; this is why Jews do not eat the sciatic nerve of animals to this very day. And… […]