26 Nov Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat Vayishlach 5776
This Shabbat we read from Parashat Vayishlach in which Jacob finally makes it home from his long stay with Lavan, bringing with him his children and family (Rachel is not included in the homecoming as she passes away in childbirth along the way). For as much pain and sorrow as there was in all those years away, and as much angst as there was in the reunification of the two brothers and of the family, there was also surely tremendous joy at being once again being together under one tent, as it were. I mention that this week as we celebrate Thanksgiving, a time known for families being together, often after long periods apart. While these moments are celebratory and bring smiles to the faces of those we haven’t seen in a long time, there is also angst and emotions that can come with family being together. But even so, we should try to remember, as Jacob did, that making the effort to bring family together is good for our souls and good for our children.
Shabbat Shalom and Happy Thanksgiving,
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik