ALBRECHT DÜRER’S engraving of Adam and Eve from 1504AN ELDERLY Isaac blesses Jacob with Rebekah in the background in this 1638 painting by Dutch artist Govert Flinck.
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In this week’s parasha, Vayishlah, we read about Jacob’s return from Haran, where he raised his large family, to Canaan, the land of his birth and where his parents, Isaac and Rebekah, lived. This journey was full of hardships.At the beginning, Jacob had to deal with his fatherin- law, Laban, who chased him and tried to prevent him from returning to his land. Then Jacob’s family got into trouble with the people of Shechem, when the son of the local ruler kidnapped Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah, and wanted to marry her against her will. In a controversial military action, Jacob’s sons killed the people of Shechem and released their sister.