B’reshit 32 – ברשית לב

1And early in the morning Lavan rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them. And Lavan departed, and returned unto his place. 2And Ya’akov went on his way, and the messengers of Elohim met him. 3And Ya’akov said when he saw them, “This is Makhanei Elohim.” And he called the name of that place Makhanayim.

Parashat VaYishlakh

4And Ya’akov sent messengers before him to Esav his brother unto the land of Se’ir, the field of Edom. 5And he commanded them, saying, “Thus shall you say unto my Adon Esav, ‘Thus says your servant Ya’akov, ‘I have sojourned with Lavan, and stayed until now. 6And I have oxen, and donkeys and flocks, and men-servants and maid-servants; and I have sent to tell my Adon, that I may find favor in your sight’.'” 7And the messengers returned to Ya’akov, saying, “We came to your brother Esav, and moreover he comes to meet you, and four hundred men with him.” 8Then Ya’akov was greatly afraid and was distressed. And he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks, and the herds, and the camels, into two camps. 9And he said, “If Esav comes to the one camp, and smites it, then the camp which is left shall escape.” 10And Ya’akov said, “O Elohim of my father Avraham, and Elohim of my father Yitz’khak, O  יהוה , who said unto me, ‘Return unto your country, and to your kindred, and I will do you good;’ 11I am not worthy of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which You have shown unto your servant; for with my staff I passed over this Yarden; and now I am become two camps. 12Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esav; for I fear him, lest he comes and smites me, the mother with the children. 13And You said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude’.” 14And he lodged there that night; and took of that which he had with him a present for Esav his brother: 15two hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 16thirty nursing camels and their colts, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty she-donkeys and ten foals. 17And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself; and said unto his servants, “Pass over before me, and put a space between drove and drove.” 18And he commanded the foremost, saying, “When Esav my brother meets you, and asks you, saying, ‘Whose are you? And where are you going? And whose are these before you?” 19Then you shall say, ‘They are your servant Ya’akov’s; it is a present sent unto my Adon, even unto Esav; and, behold, he also is behind us’.” 20And he commanded also the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, “In this manner shall you speak unto Esav, when you find him; 21and you shall say, ‘Moreover, behold, your servant Ya’akov is behind us’.” For he said, “I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me.” 22So the present passed over before him; and he himself lodged that night in the camp. 23And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two handmaids, and his eleven children, and passed over the ford of the Yabok. 24And he took them,  and  sent  them over the stream, and sent over that which he had. 25And Ya’akov was left alone; and there, a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 26And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Ya’akov’s thigh was strained, as he wrestled with him. 27And he said, “Let me go, for the day breaks.” And he said, “I will not let you go, except you bless me.” 28And he said unto him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Ya’akov.” 29And he said, “Your name shall be called no more Ya’akov, but Yisra’el; for you have striven with Elohim and with men, and have prevailed.” 30And Ya’akov asked him, and said, “Tell me, I pray, your name.” And he said, “Why is it that you ask after my name?” And he blessed him there. 31And Ya’akov called the name of the place Peni’el, “For I have seen Elohim face to face, and my life is preserved.” 32And the sun rose upon him as he passed over Peni’el, and he limped upon his thigh. 33Therefore B’nei Yisra’el do not eat the sinew of the thigh-vein which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day; because he touched the hollow of Ya’akov’s thigh, even in the sinew of the thigh-vein.

אוַיַּשְׁכֵּם לָבָן בַּבֹּקֶר וַיְנַשֵּׁק לְבָנָיו וְלִבְנוֹתָיו וַיְבָרֶךְ אֶתְהֶם וַיֵּלֶךְ וַיָּשָׁב לָבָן לִמְקֹמוֹ. בוְיַעֲקֹב הָלַךְ לְדַרְכּוֹ וַיִּפְגְּעוּ בוֹ מַלְאֲכֵי אֱלֹהִים. גוַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב כַּאֲשֶׁר רָאָם מַחֲנֵה אֱלֹהִים זֶה וַיִּקְרָא שֵׁם הַמָּקוֹם הַהוּא מַחֲנָיִם.

פרשת וַיִּשְׁלַח

דוַיִּשְׁלַח יַעֲקֹב מַלְאָכִים לְפָנָיו אֶל עֵשָׂו אָחִיו אַרְצָה שֵׂעִיר שְׂדֵה אֱדוֹם. הוַיְצַו אֹתָם לֵאמֹר כֹּה תֹאמְרוּן לַאדֹנִי לְעֵשָׂו כֹּה אָמַר עַבְדְּךָ יַעֲקֹב עִם לָבָן גַּרְתִּי וָאֵחַר עַד עָתָּה. ווַיְהִי לִי שׁוֹר וַחֲמוֹר צֹאן וְעֶבֶד וְשִׁפְחָה וָאֶשְׁלְחָה לְהַגִּיד לַאדֹנִי לִמְצֹא חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ. זוַיָּשֻׁבוּ הַמַּלְאָכִים אֶל יַעֲקֹב לֵאמֹר בָּאנוּ אֶל אָחִיךָ אֶל עֵשָׂו וְגַם הֹלֵךְ לִקְרָאתְךָ וְאַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת אִישׁ עִמּוֹ. חוַיִּירָא יַעֲקֹב מְאֹד וַיֵּצֶר לוֹ וַיַּחַץ אֶת הָעָם אֲשֶׁר אִתּוֹ וְאֶת הַצֹּאן וְאֶת הַבָּקָר וְהַגְּמַלִּים לִשְׁנֵי מַחֲנוֹת. טוַיֹּאמֶר אִם יָבוֹא עֵשָׂו אֶל הַמַּחֲנֶה הָאַחַת וְהִכָּהוּ וְהָיָה הַמַּחֲנֶה הַנִּשְׁאָר לִפְלֵיטָה. יוַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב אֱלֹהֵי אָבִי אַבְרָהָם וֵאלֹהֵי אָבִי יִצְחָק יהוה הָאֹמֵר אֵלַי שׁוּב לְאַרְצְךָ וּלְמוֹלַדְתְּךָ וְאֵיטִיבָה עִמָּךְ. יאקָטֹנְתִּי מִכֹּל הַחֲסָדִים וּמִכָּל הָאֱמֶת אֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתָ אֶת עַבְדֶּךָ כִּי בְמַקְלִי עָבַרְתִּי אֶת הַיַּרְדֵּן הַזֶּה וְעַתָּה הָיִיתִי לִשְׁנֵי מַחֲנוֹת. יבהַצִּילֵנִי נָא מִיַּד אָחִי מִיַּד עֵשָׂו כִּי יָרֵא אָנֹכִי אֹתוֹ פֶּן יָבוֹא וְהִכַּנִי אֵם עַל בָּנִים. יגוְאַתָּה אָמַרְתָּ הֵיטֵב אֵיטִיב עִמָּךְ וְשַׂמְתִּי אֶת זַרְעֲךָ כְּחוֹל הַיָּם אֲשֶׁר לֹא יִסָּפֵר מֵרֹב. ידוַיָּלֶן שָׁם בַּלַּיְלָה הַהוּא וַיִּקַּח מִן הַבָּא בְיָדוֹ מִנְחָה לְעֵשָׂו אָחִיו. טועִזִּים מָאתַיִם וּתְיָשִׁים עֶשְׂרִים רְחֵלִים מָאתַיִם וְאֵילִים עֶשְׂרִים. טזגְּמַלִּים מֵינִיקוֹת וּבְנֵיהֶם שְׁלֹשִׁים פָּרוֹת אַרְבָּעִים וּפָרִים עֲשָׂרָה אֲתֹנֹת עֶשְׂרִים וַעְיָרִם עֲשָׂרָה. יזוַיִּתֵּן בְּיַד עֲבָדָיו עֵדֶר עֵדֶר לְבַדּוֹ וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל עֲבָדָיו עִבְרוּ לְפָנַי וְרֶוַח תָּשִׂימוּ בֵּין עֵדֶר וּבֵין עֵדֶר. יחוַיְצַו אֶת הָרִאשׁוֹן לֵאמֹר כִּי יִפְגָשְׁךָ עֵשָׂו אָחִי וּשְׁאֵלְךָ לֵאמֹר לְמִי אַתָּה וְאָנָה תֵלֵךְ וּלְמִי אֵלֶּה לְפָנֶיךָ. יטוְאָמַרְתָּ לְעַבְדְּךָ לְיַעֲקֹב מִנְחָה הִוא שְׁלוּחָה לַאדֹנִי לְעֵשָׂו וְהִנֵּה גַם הוּא אַחֲרֵינוּ. כוַיְצַו גַּם אֶת הַשֵּׁנִי גַּם אֶת הַשְּׁלִישִׁי גַּם אֶת כָּל הַהֹלְכִים אַחֲרֵי הָעֲדָרִים לֵאמֹר כַּדָּבָר הַזֶּה תְּדַבְּרוּן אֶל עֵשָׂו בְּמֹצַאֲכֶם אֹתוֹ. כאוַאֲמַרְתֶּם גַּם הִנֵּה עַבְדְּךָ יַעֲקֹב אַחֲרֵינוּ כִּי אָמַר אֲכַפְּרָה פָנָיו בַּמִּנְחָה הַהֹלֶכֶת לְפָנָי וְאַחֲרֵי כֵן אֶרְאֶה פָנָיו אוּלַי יִשָּׂא פָנָי. כבוַתַּעֲבֹר הַמִּנְחָה עַל פָּנָיו וְהוּא לָן בַּלַּיְלָה הַהוּא בַּמַּחֲנֶה. כגוַיָּקָם בַּלַּיְלָה הוּא וַיִּקַּח אֶת שְׁתֵּי נָשָׁיו וְאֶת שְׁתֵּי שִׁפְחֹתָיו וְאֶת אַחַד עָשָׂר יְלָדָיו וַיַּעֲבֹר אֵת מַעֲבַר יַבֹּק. כדוַיִּקָּחֵם וַיַּעֲבִרֵם אֶת הַנָּחַל וַיַּעֲבֵר אֶת אֲשֶׁר לוֹ. כהוַיִּוָּתֵר יַעֲקֹב לְבַדּוֹ וַיֵּאָבֵק אִישׁ עִמּוֹעַד עֲלוֹת הַשָּׁחַר. כווַיַּרְא כִּי לֹא יָכֹל לוֹ וַיִּגַּע בְּכַף יְרֵכוֹ וַתֵּקַע כַּף  יֶרֶךְ  יַעֲקֹב  בְּהֵאָבְקוֹ עִמּוֹ. כזוַיֹּאמֶר שַׁלְּחֵנִי כִּי עָלָה הַשָּׁחַר וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא אֲשַׁלֵּחֲךָ כִּי אִם בֵּרַכְתָּנִי. כחוַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו מַה שְּׁמֶךָ וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב. כטוַיֹּאמֶר לֹא יַעֲקֹב יֵאָמֵר עוֹד שִׁמְךָ כִּי אִם יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי שָׂרִיתָ עִם אֱלֹהִים וְעִם אֲנָשִׁים וַתּוּכָל. לוַיִּשְׁאַל יַעֲקֹב וַיֹּאמֶר הַגִּידָה נָּא שְׁמֶךָ וַיֹּאמֶר לָמָּה זֶּה תִּשְׁאַל לִשְׁמִי וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתוֹ שָׁם. לאוַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב שֵׁם הַמָּקוֹם פְּנִיאֵל כִּי רָאִיתִי אֱלֹהִים פָּנִים אֶל פָּנִים וַתִּנָּצֵל נַפְשִׁי. לבוַיִּזְרַח לוֹ הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ כַּאֲשֶׁר עָבַר אֶת פְּנוּאֵל וְהוּא צֹלֵעַ עַל יְרֵכוֹ. לגעַל כֵּן לֹא יֹאכְלוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת גִּיד הַנָּשֶׁה אֲשֶׁר עַל כַּף הַיָּרֵךְ עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה כִּי נָגַע בְּכַף יֶרֶךְ יַעֲקֹב בְּגִיד הַנָּשֶׁה.