Vayishlach – Truth of the Soul
Why does Yaakov return for the pachim ketanim – the small jugs? Why does the angel fight with him at that very moment? What is the difference between Esav’s statement ‘yesh li rav,’ – I have a lot – and Yaakov’s statement, ‘yesh li kol,’ – I have it all? Why is Yaakov’s name changed to Yisrael at this point, after all his children are born? What is the concept of ‘Yisrael’ in this context? What is the difference between the enumeration of Esav’s progeny as ‘nefashos’ – souls, as opposed to Yaakov’s progeny as ‘nefesh’ – one soul?
Find out in this week’s Parsha Podcast.
Running time: 18:07