The Crisis of the Brothers and Yaakov’s Diplomacy

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Yaakov Avinu hears that Eisav, his vengeful brother, is approaching with four hundred soldiers (Bereshis 32:7). He becomes very afraid (Ibid., 32:8). Yaakov splits the encampment into two groups. “If one is attacked, the other will flee…” (Ibid., 32:8-9). Imagine the emotional power of these words! (During the war, the Brisker Rav was forced to […]

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