In our Parasha, Yaakov rejects Reuven's offer to take responsibility for Binyamin and to return him safely back to his father.
The Parasha begins: "It happened at the end of two years to the day: Pharoah was dreaming."
It is crucial to penetrate the manner in which each of Yaakov's sons perceived their own spiritual role as leaders in Israel.
It is said in Parashat Vayeshev within Passuk 40:6, "Why are your faces sad today?"
The Perasha begins with the Passuk, "Yaacov settled in the land of his father's sojournings in the land of Canaan."
Parashat Vayishlach begins as Yaakov is leaving Lavan's house with his wives, their children and the flocks they acquired.
In this weeks Parasha, Yaakov entered into an agreement with his father-in-law Lavan.
At the end of last week’s Parasha, we learned that Yaakov received the Berachot from Yitzchak, and for this reason his brother Eisav wanted to kill him.
"Life, children and sustenance are not dependent on merit - rather the matter is dependent on planetary influence."
Parashat Toldot begins with the story of Yaakov and Eisav.