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Esau’s Four Hundred Men

In the portion of Chayei Sarah we briefly discussed the number 400’s significance. In that portion, Abraham symbolically took possession of the Land of Israel – which the Sages declare is 400 parsah by 400 parsah – by buying Sarah’s burial plot and the surrounding land for 400 silver pieces. The number 400 reappears in […]

Small Vessels

The Torah tells us that the night before his confrontation with Esau, Jacob took his wives, children, and possessions to safety on the other side of the Yabbok stream. Then it relates that “Jacob was left alone and a man wrestled with him till the daybreak” (Genesis 32:24). The oral tradition picks up on this […]