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Vayishlach – Jacob, Esau and Christ – synopsis and sources

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Gn 32:4 – 36:43 Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1 – 1:21 Synopsis – After Jacob’s sojourn of 20 years with Laban, he is finally on his way to the Land of Canaan, certain – as we study in the parasha – that he has fulfilled the prophecy of Gn 15:13-16 (see below). He meets “God’s camp” (Gn…

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VAYISHLACH – “AND HE SENT” – READINGS AND PREPARATIONS FOR THE PARASHA

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Genesis 32:4 – 36:43; Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1 – 1:21 This week we go deeper into the mystery of Jacob and his Angels. Our parasha finds Jacob immediately after he sees God’s Angels split into two camps whereupon we find him sending Angels to his brother Esau (in your English versions it might say “messengers”, but…

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VaYetse

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Genesis 6:9 – 11:32 ; Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-55:5     Synopsis – In last week’s parasha we saw Jacob “putting on” Christ and holding on to his brother’s heel in a Christological prefiguration of his eternal role as the Seed who takes away the sins of the world. This week we meet Jacob as he is…

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VAYETSE – “AND HE CAME OUT” – READINGS AND PREPARATIONS FOR THE PARASHA

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Genesis 28:10 – 32:3; Haftarah: Hosea 11:7 – 14:10 This parasha stands between last week’s parasha which introduced us to the temporal as well as the eternal relationship between Jacob and Esau and next week’s parasha where a reconciliation between the brothers will be found (it too with significant Christological implications). In this week’s parasha…

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Toldot

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Genesis 25:19 – 28:9 ; Haftarah: Malachi 1:1 – 2:7     Synopsis – In this parasha we learn about blessings: the blessing of Isaac, the blessing of Esau and of Jacob and the meaning of their struggle, the reason Jacob held on to Esau’s heel, as well as the reasons he put on Esau’s garments…

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toldot – “generations” – READINGS AND PREPARATIONS FOR THE PARASHA

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Genesis 25:19 – 28:9; Haftarah: Malachi 1:1 – 2:7 This week’s parasha is called “generations” (in Hebrew: “Toldot”) and deals with the sons of Isaac: Esau and Jacob. We will continue our focus on the story of the Seed and try to understand Rebecca’s actions and the significance of the “heel” of Esau and the strange…

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Chayei Sara

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Genesis 23:1 – 25:18; Haftarah: I Kings 1:1 – 1:31     Synopsis – Our parasha this week is called “the life of Sara” but in it we encounter the deaths of Sarah, Abraham and Ishmael. We will see what Scripture has to teach us about death and life after death. We will also study the…

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CHAYEI SARA – “THE LIFE OF SARAH” – READINGS AND PREPARATIONS FOR THE PARASHA

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Genesis 23:1 – 25:18; Haftarah: I Kings 1:1 – 1:31 Our parasha this week is called “the life of Sarah” but it will take us through the deaths of Sarah, Abraham and Ishmael. We will study how this parasha is actually about eternal life while continuing to trace the s/Seed and the next phase of…

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VaYera

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Genesis 18:1 – 22:24; Haftarah: II Kings 4:1 – 4:37     Synopsis – This week we continue to follow Abraham, Sarah and Lot – and the s/Seed – through their missionary journeys. Abraham meet three men at his tent in the oaks of Mamre – but speaks to them as one – we study the…

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VaYera – readings and preparations for the parasha

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Parashat Vayera Genesis 18:1 – 22:24; Haftarah: II Kings 4:1 – 4:37 This week we will study the portion (parasha) of Abraham and the three visitors and Lot and Sodom. Abraham and Lot are two models of missionary dedication – and we will learn in it about the passover, and where Christ is hiding in…

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