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Rabbi Marcus MBE – Vayishlach
Our Torah reading today takes it’s name from the opening word of the Sidra -‘Vayishlach’ – literally meaning ‘and he sent’. The reference is to the messengers that Ya’acov (Jacob) sent on ahead requesting his brother Esau’s goodwill and friendship.
Ya’acov had fled more than 20 years earlier to avert the anger of Esau and his initial trepidation turned to fear on learning from his messengers that Esau was advancing with a company of 400 soldiers.