GIFTS Galore!

Puzzle SHAZAK GIFTS Galore! Yaakov prepared a host of magnificent gifts for Eisav. Yaakov instructed his servants to greet Eisav with herd after herd of sheep, goats, camels, cows, and donkeys. To make this more-than-generous gift seem even more generous, he told them to spread them out and leave plenty of space between them. Eisav […]

Fight in the Night

Fight in the Night Meanwhile, Yaakov and his family crossed over the Yabok River. Yaakov realized that he had left some of his jars back on the other side. He told his family he’d be back soon, and then he headed back across the water. Suddenly, as Yaakov reached the other side, a man seemed […]

What a Nerve!

Puzzle SHAZAK What a Nerve! As the first rays of the sun appeared on the horizon, the angel threw an incredible blow at Yaakov’s hip, which dislocated it right out of its socket. Ouch! It left Yaakov with a terrible limp! In commemoration of this struggle between Yaakov and Eisav’s angel, it is a Mitzvah […]

What’s Your Name?

INSIGHT: Israel is RealYaakov or Yisrael… or perhaps both?Angel Name Changes – A Short Insight Puzzle SHAZAK What’s Your Name? Although Yaakov was injured, Eisav’s angel still could not overcome his opponent. The angel pleaded, “PLEASE, let me go! The sun has risen. It’s time for me to go back up to Heaven and sing […]

Yaakov’s Family vs. Eisav’s Army

Puzzle SHAZAK Yaakov’s Family vs. Eisav’s Army Never a dull moment. Now that the episode of Yaakov’s close encounter with Eisav’s angel was over, Yaakov, together with his family, traveled on. Looking up, Yaakov saw the enemy he had been dreading for so long: his brother, Eisav, with 400 men! They were fast approaching. For […]

The Moment of Truth

Puzzle SHAZAK The Moment of Truth And then… with a big smile on his face, Eisav ran toward Yaakov.Hold it! Could this be for real? Has Eisav made a complete reversal for the better?! Perhaps Eisav saw all the wonderful gifts and was moved by the great honor Yaakov gave him. Is this genuine brotherly […]

Son #12

INSIGHT: Crying on the RoadKEVER RACHEL – The House That Moses Built Puzzle SHAZAK KEVER RACHEL – The House That Moses Built Many couples who have not yet been blessed with children come to pray at Kever Rachel. Of course, Rachel, who herself waited many years for children, prays right along with them. In fact, […]

Yaakov Returns

INSIGHT: Yaakov Returns – What’s Up With the Title? Puzzle SHAZAK Yaakov Returns After the long, hard journey, Yaakov finally arrived at his father Yitzchak’s house. Yitzchak was delighted to spend his final years with his grandchildren. When Yitzchak was very old – 180 years old, to be exact – he passed away after a […]


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Parsha at a Glance

Learn Chumash from Chumash with MERCAVA! MERCAVA CHUMASH Shazak Parsha Adventure begins here. PARSHA AT A GLANCE – a quick overview of the Parsha.    Click on the Mercava button above to LEARN CHUMASH FROM CHUMASH! BTW: Shazak constantly adds new features to each section, so visit often! All Meeting Eisav Fight in the Night […]