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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

Parsha and Manuscript – ‘Vayishlach: Esau’s departure from Jacob’

MS. Canonici Or. 35, fol. 43 Vayishlach.pngIn the Torah portion of Vayishlach, it discusses the reconciliation of Jacob and Esau and the subsequent parting of ways between them. The Torah states:[1]


And Esau took his wives, his sons, and his daughters and all the people of his household, and his cattle and all his animals and all his property that he had acquired in the land of Canaan, and he went to another land, because of his brother Jacob. For their possessions were too numerous for them to dwell together, and the land of their sojournings could not support them because of their livestock. So Esau dwelt on Mount Seir Esau, that is Edom.


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