Jacob’s life was one of strife and being falsely accused, things that his descendants can also expect.
Just about everything in the Torah Portion has to do with prophecy starting with Jacob going into exile and then his return to the land. In exile, Jacob receives injustice. It is this injustice that causes him to want to return to his land. When Jacob decides to return home, it is the LORD that supernaturally creates a flock of spotted and speckled sheep that belong exclusively to Jacob. We will learn about the spotted and speckled sheep, their physical and spiritual significance. Leah and Rachel are the foremothers of a troubled people who have trouble with each other for almost 4000 years.
Sometimes, we just don’t realize how much we are like our forefathers. There lives are mirrored in our own – in our characteristics as well as in the foretelling of our futures. Jacob’s exile is our own. His return home is ours, too. Be blessed by this Torah Portion!
For part 2, listen to Vayishlach 2011: The Prophecies Of Jacob – Part 2 – ESAU’S 400 MEN