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Jacob’s Redeeming Angel

Jacob’s Redeeming Angel

More than any other character in the Bible, Jacob encounters angels. In his nighttime vision after fleeing Esau, Jacob sees angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven. Upon returning, he has a far more direct encounter with an...

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Who was the angel that Jacob fought?

Who was the angel that Jacob fought?

Jacob is perhaps the Biblical character whose life is more closely followed than any other, with the Torah following his conflict with his brother while still in the womb and relating his deathbed blessings. Perhaps the most pivotal...

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Why don’t Jews eat sirloin steak?

Why don’t Jews eat sirloin steak?

Before facing his brother, Esau, Jacob goes off alone and encounters a mysterious assailant in the middle of the night (Genesis 32). Though the Torah describes the attacker as a man, the Sages explain that unbeknownst to Jacob, the...

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The Portion of Vayishlach

The Portion of Vayishlach

In this week’s portion, Jacob prepares to face his brother after many years apart, cognizant of Esau’s vow to destroy him one day. He readies his camp and prays, and sends gifts to appease his brother. Before the encounter, Jacob...

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