Jacob and Esau hadn’t seen each other for 20 years, ever since Jacob took their father’s blessings and Esau swore to kill him. Now they’re headed toward one another – Jacob with his family and his riches, and Esau with 400 of his henchmen. Jacob is faced with a decision: On the one hand, he can try to bribe Esau with gifts and flattery. After all, this wouldn’t be the first time Jacob managed to outwit Esau. But on the other hand, maybe this a chance to finally reconcile with Esau once and for all. What should Jacob do?
Well, if we read the encounter between the brothers, it’s really not so clear which option Jacob chooses. Join Ami Silver as he delves into this ambiguity, and suggests that there’s a whole lot more to this story than meets the eye.
Ami Silver takes this discussion one step further in his blog post on Parshat Vayishlach.