Nov. 20, 2018

Vayishlach

Dealing with an Adversary

Jacob’s method of dealing with his brother has become a textbook model for how Jews have dealt with adversaries throughout history using prayer, appeasement, and battle.

Speak politely and show respect.

Jacob prepared for the meeting with Esau by wording the message to show respect. “To my lord, to Esau, so said your servant, Jacob.” Jacob was polite and respectful in the message and upon meeting Esau.

Bribe the other party with gifts.

Let them know why it is to their benefit not to instigate war. Jacob gave Esau gifts. “I have oxen and donkeys, I am sending them to my lord...”

Pray to Hashem.

Know that the outcome is in the hands of Hashem.

Show strength.

Do your hishtadlus. Jacob separated his convoy so that it appeared huge and as if he would be strong enough to overcome any force of Esau’s.

 

Yoga—Warrior pose arms out

 

Warrior pose arms out.

Standing with your legs apart as wide as comfortable.

Arms out.

Turn both feet left.

Look over your left arm.

Bend your left leg at knee.

Sink into position.

Breathe and hold pose.

Straighten left leg and come up.

Turn both feet forward.

Now, turn both feet to the right.

Arms out.

Look over your right arm.

Bend right leg at knee.

Sink into position.

Breathe and hold pose.

Straighten right leg and come up.