Torah Pearls #8 – Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43)

Torah Pearls Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4-36:43, Esau, Jacob, Torah Pearls, Nehemia Gordon, torah portion, torah pearls, rachel, leahIn this episode of The Original Torah Pearls, Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43), Nehemia Gordon explains the truth about the "613" commandments, Jacob's prayer for salvation, and the identity of who appeared to Jacob and Joshua.

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11 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #8 – Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43)

  1. Thank you now I know where they get 613 more adding my God one of Yahs commands is not to add or subtract Deut 4:2, so simple if we take Gods word’s as they are! Not doing a EVE
    Adding seems to be in our DNA, as she said do not touch the first sin was adding in my view

  2. Hosea 12:3-5 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God: Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us; Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial.

    Certainly sounds like the “angel” or messenger he wrestled with was also the LORD God of hosts.

  3. I am curious about why Jacob built himself a house at Succoth (Gen 33:17) when verses 13-14 seemed to imply that his children and livestock needed a slower pace than being “driven hard one day.” Was his intention to live at Succoth until they were no longer nursing?

    I am also wondering why Jacob hid idols (v 35:4) and why his household would even have idols! When Rachel stole her father’s idols (31:19), Jacob didn’t know it (31:32).

  4. The negatives we have here in this life come because of sin and it’s fallen affect upon this world we live in. It can be because of our direct sins or just the state of sin in the world. These negatives have a tendency to test us to see if we get bitter or focus rightly & get better by getting dominance over it. To blame God or others only serves to make us bitter & steals away from our learning to overcome (Israel-overcome with God). With God is the only true way we overcome in this world & in this life & all else becomes distractions & deceptions. We want perfection now (& of course our way) but truth is, perfection is only God’s time God’s way & we don’t always see or understand that & MUST rely on God’s wisdom. That is why the just live by faith, & why God doesn’t do things by our wants or ideas but does allows them for our best. This life now is very short compared to eternity & to have better there than to have now is wisest. It reminds me also of paul, who sought God three times but was told my grace IS sufficient for you. He received grace rather than his wants but God was in charge & knew better & he was ok with it, even to live out the rest of this life that way. This is why God allowed these things & also Israel to meet these hardships, to prevail & overcome & be the true priests of the Most High God not only in word but also a witness by deed, that they are of the One True God & that He alone is perfect, righteous & can & does save & deliver.

  5. Keith’s “prophetic” analogy of Ya’akov and the “angel” to signify that Yisra’el would have a future of violence yet prevail, would make sense if Ya’akov were wrestling an adversary of Yisra’el. However, this is not the case and regardless whether one believes Ya’akov was wrestling God personally or one of God’s Messengers, Ya’akov is wrestling with an entity that ends up BLESSING him, not seeking his destruction. If one watches a MMA contest, they can see that after most fights, there are exchanges of honor between contestants. Many MMA folk hang out together before and after their bouts. In my opinion, this incident is alluding to something quite different than Yisra’el’s bloody “down and dirty” future.The confrontation MUST BE interpreted from it’s RESULTS, yes ? Clearly it was a TEST on many levels and I must ask, How was Ya’akov made stronger or more resolute by receiving a limp ? The limp only manifests when one WALKS. To have a bad hip and know that one’s WALK will be of a great distance requires a resolve that many men simply don’t possess. The limp becomes my catalyst for maintenance and further development of my CHARACTER. If I keep my limp in context, I will always remember that no matter how great I become, I have limitations. My limp becomes my friend. This thought keeps me studying. Shalom !

  6. What a blessing this is! As Yom Teruah approaches i love to hear His promise – it is water to my thirst, it is food to my soul.

  7. Jacob gives Esau gifts and exclaims his face is as the face of God. Perhaps this it Jacob giving back the 10th he had promised to give God, back at the beginning of his journey. If we do the math we can see how rich Jacob had become.

  8. In reference to what the angel said to Jacob when asked his name it reminded me of what Yeshua said in the Four Gospels… “Gen. 32:29 “But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him.”
    “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.” Luke 18:19. The response seems to come from the same person or character. Just my opinion, not necessarily fact!

  9. I am sorry but Keith is incorrect because what is talking about is “sIn” for sin is transgression of the torah, so you would have to know what are doing is wrong, and to stay in your wrong is what he is talking about, that is immortal sin, and deserves no part in the covenant so in essence we see no part of this throughout this portion or why would he get into the covenant in the first place. So what they were doing was acting upon there own ego, killing off that town.

  10. the 2 dots is completely absurd, I am a believer in Yeshua, but those who choose come up with an interpretation like that is without evidence and trying to cook up evidence this is not investigating

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