Summary of The Weekly Torah Reading:
Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section
is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person
to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading.
1st 2nd & 3rd Aliyot:
It's the year 2205 and Yakov is 97 years old. He sends
messengers to greet Eisav and is informed that Eisav is approaching, prepared
to do battle. He applies a three pronged strategy in preparation for the
confrontation: a) Tefilah - prayer b)diplomacy c) war. Prior to the actual
confrontation, Yakov bests Eisav in a spiritual battle with Eisav's Angel,
and earns the name "Yisroel." Due to the wound he sustained in the battle,
G-d prohibits Yakov and his family from eating the Gid Hanashe - the sciatic
nerve. Yakov and Eisav meet after 34 years.
Yakov and Eisav agree to separate peacefully. Eisav returns to
his kingdom of Seir, and Yakov settles outside of the city of Shechem.
Dina is abducted and raped by Shechem the son of Chamor, and
Shimon and Levi devise a strategy for successfully killing the entire male
population of Shechem. According to Chazal, Shimon and Levi were 13 years old. Hashem (G-d)
instructs Yakov to move to Beth El. Rivka's nurse Devora dies, and Hashem
confirms the name Yisroel upon Yakov.
6th & 7th Aliyot:
Rachel dies while giving birth to Binyamin and Yakov buries
her in Beis Lechem. Following Rachel's death, Reuven switches the bed of
Yakov from Bilha's tent to Leah's tent. Although Yitzchak will live another
21 years, the Torah relates his death at the age of 180 (2228). The
remainder of Vayishlach lists Eisav's descendants as well as the specific
Kings of Seir who ruled prior to King Saul - the first king of Israel. (2882)
Parsha Summary by Rabbi Aron Tendler