Portions Library

A collection of essays on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, adapted from Torah Club.

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Jacob Meets Esau

Jacob knew he was walking into great danger as he returned to the land of Canaan. Hoping that his brother’s heart had softened, Jacob sent messengers ahead to announce his homecoming to Esau. The messengers returned with bad news. “…he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him” (Genesis 32:6).

Jacob knew he was walking into great danger as he returned to the land of Canaan. Hoping that his brother’s heart had softened, Jacob sent messengers ahead to announce his homecoming to Esau. The messengers returned with bad news. “…he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him” (Genesis 32:6).

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