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Weekly Torah Commentary. - Vayishlach December 1, 2017

Torah reading:  Genesis 32:4 – 36:43

Haftorah reading: Obadiah 1: 1-21

What do you do when you find yourself between a rock and a hard place? 1,320 more words

Weekly Torah Commentary

Wrestling With God - Vayishlach -- By Ben

It’s the night after Thanksgiving and I’m eating an extraordinary Shabbos meal in Dallas, Texas. I am being hosted by a family with a fantastic house, a loving and beyond welcoming atmosphere, and one of the best dinners I’ve ever had. 1,008 more words

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Unanswered Prayer

What’s the point of prayer when it’s not answered? I ask myself this constantly. There have been so many prayers that have either seemed ineffective or just plain ignored over the past decade. 1,073 more words

Authentic Faith

Nov. 5 Gathering: Living Dislocated

In Genesis 32, we encounter a story where Jacob, returning to his father’s lands in Palestine, engages in a cosmic wrestling match as he prepares to face his brother Esau in what seems surely to be shaping up into an epic battle between the brother of privilege and the brother of promise. 234 more words


Jacob's Song

Far better to wrestle and emerge with a limp and a personal relationship than to relegate Yahweh to “the God of my fathers.” (Genesis 32:24-32)

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I black out in Laos w/ the Canadians and awake the next day in some tall grass next to the river w/ Amaya beside me. I can tell she’s upset and my state of mind is so twisted from the night before that I am emotionally numb. 624 more words


Enduring Faith

My heart wept as I ran. The tears were inside, but threatened to spill down my face. As the worship songs in my ear buds directed my heart towards praise, I struggled with two feelings: pain and praise, in the very same moment. 696 more words