Saturday, December 31, 2016

Please Daven

Miriam Chaya Bat Brachayoung mom who suffered cardiac arrest in complications from a c-section. Baking Challah is one of the top 3 mitzvot (commandment to do good deeds) special to a woman. Combining it with the added intention of providing a complete and speedy recovery to Miriam Chaya Bat Bracha (be'h) sets up a new direct pipeline for the prayer to reach Gd another way. May we all take upon any good deed (a smile to a stranger etc) in her merit for recovery! Shabbat Shalom(From Beth Warren)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Aneinu Harav Kanievsky calls for Tehillim for Rav Shteinman

The condition of Harav Aharon Leib Shteinman shlita has taken a turn for the worse, Rachmana litzlan.  In accordance with the request of Harav Chaim Kanievsky shlita, Klal Yisroel is called upon to daven and say Tehillim, even on Shabbos and b'tzibur (and for women, at the time of hadlakas neiros), and to increase Torah learning, for the refuah shelaima of- Harav Aharon Yehuda Leib ben Gittel Feige

[Aneinu] Tefillos Needed for Maran Rav Shteinman

There has been a deterioration in the condition of Maran Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman, who has been hospitalized at the Intensive Care Unit at Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center in Bnei Brak since Sunday. Rav Shteinman had previously been making strides. In fact, doctors had been conferring to decide whether to transfer him to a regular ward or release him to his home as soon as Sunday. Click Here! On Erev Shabbos, however, the rosh yeshiva’s physician, Dr. Avrohom Weinberg, reported a worsening of Rav Shteinman’s situation. Doctors at the hospital are carefully examining Rav Shteinman, who is suffering from immense weakness and is in need of Divine mercy. The hospital staff said that while Rav Shteinman was recovering from pneumonia, the impact of the illness took a toll on him, causing a general deterioration in his medical condition. Among those monitoring the situation are the hospital’s medical director, Dr. Motti Ravid, Director of Intensive Care Dr. Eliyahu Sorkin, director of the Department of Internal Medicine Dr. Ilan Bank, and Dr. Weinberg. They are all gravely concerned about Rav Shteinman’s condition. Yeshivos across the Torah world are reciting special tefillos for Rav Shteinman. Rav Chaim Kanievsky told those who asked him for advice to increase tefillos and say kappitlach Tehillim tonight following Ma’ariv, to add sedorim in Torah learning, and for women to say additional tefillos at candle lighting. Rav Chaim himself said, “I have to add an hour of study.” All are asked to daven for Rav Aharon Yehudah Leib ben Gittel Faiga. { Israel}

Thursday, December 29, 2016

OU TORAH YU TORAH NAALEH.COM Vintage Vessel By Shira Smiles

Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein We are all familiar with the miracle of Chanukah, how, after their victory over the Greeks, the Chashmonaim returned to find the devastation the Greeks had wrought on the Temple, how the Greeks had desecrated it and defiled and broken every jug of pure oil used for lighting the Menorah. Then the Chashmonaim found a small flask of untouched oil, still bearing the seal of the High Priest, enough to last only one day, yet miraculously, after lighting the Menorah, the oil lasted for a full eight days until new, pure oil could be produced. Why did this oil become miraculous? Is this flask of oil related to other flasks of oil alluded to or actually recorded in our Holy Writings, and if so, how are they related?

[Aneinu] Correction - Tefillos Neeeded for Baby

The correct name is Noa Orly bas Yardena Sharon *********************************************************************************************** Please daven for a baby who is quite ill, Noa Orly bas Yardena Shalom.



Hanukkah FAQ's + Tired of Your Employees? & More / SHC Weekly ~ VaYeshev 5777

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Hanukkah FAQ's + Tired of Your Employees? & More / SHC Weekly ~ VaYeshev 5777 First Impressions An Audio Shiur for Parashat VaYeshev by Dayan Dovid Grossman, Bet HaVa’ad, Lakewood

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OU TORAH Torah Tapestries Shira Smiles(OU ISRAEL)

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OU TORAH YU TORAH and NAALEH.COM Image of Inspiration By Shira Smiles

Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein Parshat Vayeshev, always read around Chanukah, includes the events leading to our first exile in Egypt, the sale of Yosef, his enslavement in the house of Potifar, and his imprisonment after being accused of trying to seduce Potifar’s wife.

OU TORAH Vayeishev Chanukah 5777 Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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Modern writers and commentators have found the biblical narratives of the book of Bereshith irresistible in their penchant for psychoanalyzing people described there in terms of modern understanding and current correctness. In so doing they do a great disservice to Jewish tradition and present a distorted picture of the message that the Bible is attempting to convey.


Consistency, like many other character traits in life that are primarily positive, can turn into a negative trait if carried to an extreme. We are all aware that consistency is essential to good parenting, meaningful education, business and commercial success, as well as to political and governmental stability.

CHABAD.ORG Learning from Joseph Life Lessons from Parshat Vayeishev By Yehoshua B. Gordon

The Torah’s narrative of Joseph provides special insight into our outlook and mission in life.

YU TORAH V'ayeshev Chanukah Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik

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OU TORAH Vayeshev: Fostering Resilience By Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

It helped him through the horrors of the Holocaust. It helped his children adapt to life in the newly established State of Israel and gave them the courage to fight heroically in its War of Independence. His grandchildren used it in their struggle to retain a religious lifestyle in the face of the challenges of modernity. His great-grandchild had anticipated using it at his bar mitzvah.

OU TORAH No Favorites on Chanukah! Rabbi Weinreb on Parshat Vayeshev

Envy is surely one of the most insidious of human emotions. It is a self-destructive emotion, because it often leads a person to act against his own best interests, as he attempts to redress the situation that caused him so much envy. It is also damaging to relationships with others, and can have disastrous social effects.

King of Shlock Alert! Nachum Hosted the Legendary Lenny Solomon Live at JM in the AM

Nachum had the pleasure of welcoming The King of Shlock, Lenny Solomon to the studio during this morning’s JM in the AM while in middle of his annual Chanukah Concert Tour in the US. They played several songs, discuss the tour and Lenny even performed live in the studio. Visit the Shlock Rock website HERE.

OU TORAH What is the Theme of the Stories of Genesis? Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

One of the most fundamental questions about the Torah turns out to be one of the hardest to answer. What, from the call of God to Abraham in Genesis 12 to the death of Joseph in Genesis 50, is the basic religious principle being taught? What does the entire set of stories about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their wives, together with Jacob’s sons and daughter, actually tell us? Abraham brought monotheism to a world that had forgotten it, but where do we see this in the actual text of the Torah itself?

RAV KOOK ON Chanukah: Flickering Lights in Dark Times

RAV KOOK ON Vayeishev Part 3: The Special Teshuvah of Reuben

“Reuben returned to the pit, but Joseph was no longer in the pit. He tore his clothes [in grief].” (Gen. 37:29) Where was Reuben coming from? Why wasn’t he together with the other brothers? According to the Midrash, Reuben was “occupied with sackcloth and fasting,” as he repented for changing his father’s sleeping arrangements. (The word vayashov (“he returned”) can also mean “he repented.”) The Midrash continues: “The Holy One said: No one has ever sinned before Me and repented, but you [Reuben] are the first to repent. As you live, one of your descendants will stand up and be the first to urge repentance. And who was this descendant? Hosea, who called out, “Return, Israel, to the Eternal your God” (Hosea 14:2).”

RAV KOOK ON Vayeshev Part 2: The Reality of Dreams

oseph, the ambitious protagonist of the final four readings of Genesis, was the “master of dreams.” In addition to his own two dreams of future greatness, Joseph was called upon to interpret four more dreams: the dreams of the royal baker and steward, and Pharaoh’s double dream about the seven-year famine.

RAV KOOK ON Vayeishev Part 1: The Conflict between Joseph and Judah

Having overcome the difficult challenges posed by Esau and Laban, Jacob looked forward to more peaceful times. But intense resentment among his sons shattered these wishful hopes, and led to the sale of his favorite son, Joseph, as a slave in Egypt.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Aneinu Please Daven

Please daven for a refuah shlema for the cousin of a Chicagoan, Sheina bat Fruma Miriam, who is in need of our tefillos

Aneinu Tefillos Needed Medical Procedure

Please daven for the father of an Aneinu member, Yechiel Zalman ben Sorah, that his procedure should go smoothly and he should have a refuah shelaima.

Aneinu Please Daven Medical Procedure

The correct name is Gidon ben Chaya Dena Please daven for the husband of an Aneinu member,  Gidon ben Chaya Den, who is having a medical procedure.

Aneinu Please Daven Medical Procedure

Please daven for the husband of an Aneinu member,  Gidon ben Chaya Den, who is having a medical procedure.

Live Music Alert! Nachum Put the Spotlight on the New NCSY Bencher App with Aryeh Kunstler Performing Live

In honor of NCSY launching their incredible new bencher app, Nachum welcomed Aryeh Kunstler and NCSY’s Keevy Fried to the studio this morning for some great live music and to explore the app. Nachum also welcomed Rabbi Micha Greenland, NCSY International Director to the program live via telephone to discuss NCSY, the app and the annual NCSY Yarchei Kallah. Baby Needs Urgent Tehillim

Please say urgent Tehillim for Ariel David ben Rachel, an infant who is undergoing heart surgery.

OORAH Chanukah Event December 26 2016 ARCHIVE

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Aneinu Tefillos Needed for Baby

Please daven for a baby who is quite ill, Noa Orly bas Yardena Shalom.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Music Alert! Nachum Hosted Gershon Veroba for the Official Debut of “Ani Yisrael”

Join Gershon Veroba and NSN this Thursday night at Teaneck Doghouse this Thursday night for the Ani Yisrael Album Release Party! NSN will be streaming the festivities from the Doghouse via the NSN App (audio) and (audio and video). Nachum hosted the legendary Jewish music artist, Gershon Veroba live in the studio this morning for the official debut of his first solo album in 10 years, “Ani Yisrael.” They played and discussed several of the amazing new tracks, talking about the incredible amount of love and work that went into this monumental project. Everyone is invited out on Thursday night, so bring the family and join the celebration! Order the amazing food and drinks that Teaneck Doghouse is so famous for, be among the first to buy the CD and get it autographed by Gershon,maybe even take a picture of two…!

[Aneinu] Link for Tehillim for Miriam Chaya bas Bracha

Barbara Bensoussan's daughter is very ill after childbirth. Please take a moment to say Tehilim for her. Press on the link below. B'ezras Hashem we should hear besuros tovos soon.

[Aneinu] Re: Please daven for New Mother

Sadly, this has been verified – she is the daughter of Barbara Bensousan, a writer for many of the frum magazines. I was told her situation is very critical. **************************************************************************************************************************** I was sent this email. I can't verify it and do not know where this young woman lives: Please daven for Miriam Chaya bat Bracha, a young woman who when giving birth went into a coma and didn't wake up.

[Aneinu] Please Daven for Baby

Please daven for Yehezkel ben Adina (not Chicago) a 7-mo. old baby with meningitis is in grave condition in the hospital. Here's a link for tehillim yachad--please, please daven for him, thanks!

OU TORAH Yerushalmi: Berachos 94 By Rabbi Yosef Grossman

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Aneinu Please Daven for New Mother

I was sent this email. I can't verify it and do not know where this young woman lives:     Please daven for Miriam Chaya bat Bracha, a young woman who when giving birth went into a coma and  didn't  wake up.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Aneinu Tefillos Needed for Harav Shteinman


Rav and Rebbe by Rabbi Chaim Dalfin IS AT ROSENBLOOMS

6 x 9; Hardcover Color Cover; 400 pgs; 550 endnotes; 50 pics & docs; New Interviews; Addendums; Bibliography; Glossary; Index; natural paper; made in the USA The two great Jewish sages of the past century, Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik - The Rav - YU and Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson - The Rebbe - Chabad grew up in Russia. They both studied at the University of Berlin and each became a leading figure in post-Holocaust Judaism in America. Read now, for the first time ever, about their unique relationship and respect for each other. Understand that although the Rav was a father-figure for Lithuanian Judaism and the Rebbe, the world's greatest Chasidic master, nevertheless their message was universal.

Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi: Prophecy in an Age of Uncertainty IS AT ROSENBLOOMS

Babylonia fell and the Temple was rebuilt, miracles were at once present and hidden but Judea remained subject to the Persian Empire. The prophets Haggai and Zechariah spoke of imminent redemption yet most Jews remained in exile. Prophecy ceased with Malachi, and a chapter in Jewish history came to an end, paving the way for a new era with the Oral Law at its heart: the era of the rabbis. At the end of the age of the prophets, hope mixed with disappointment as the people of Israel tried to come to terms with this partial salvation, wondering what it meant for the covenantal relationship between God and Israel. Often overlooked, the books of the final prophets hold the key to understanding the monumental transition that overtook the Jewish world at the beginning of the Second Temple Era and that ushered in the postbiblical age. In Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi: Prophecy in an Age of Uncertainty, Rabbi Hayyim Angel brings to life one of the least understood eras of Jewish history. In this work, Rabbi Angel takes the reader through a tumultuous world of joy mingled with insecurity in the twilight of prophecy.Makes a great supplement to the OU'S Nach Yomi which is now about to finish Zechariah.

By His Light: Character and Values in the Service of God IS AT ROSENBLOOMS

In this volume, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein explores the development of the religious personality. He advocates a life centered on the service of God, but recognizes multiple paths to this goal. Acknowledging that both the Jewish value system and human experience are multifaceted, he examines the relevant issues from an unusually wide perspective. Rabbi Lichtenstein s essays reflect not only a staunch commitment to Halakha and a firm grounding in rigorous Torah study, but also a deep spirituality, a profound moral sensitivity, and a keen awareness of both the challenges and opportunities of modernity. While being enlightened by Rabbi Lichtenstein s penetrating analyses and wide-ranging learning, the reader will also be inspired by the beauty of his vision of the religious life.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Aneinu Please Daven Treatments

Please daven for Liba Sarah bat Geula, relative of a Chicagoan, just diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and has begun chemotherapy.  She will also have to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Aneinu Please Daven Treatments

Please daven for our Aneinu member, Shira Tzipporah bat Sara Imeinu who has started chemotherapy, and will be receiving treatments for the next 6 weeks.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Aneinu Tehillim by the Menorah

Chag Sameach from ANEINU! tehillim to say by the menorah Perek Yud-Tes-19 Perek Lamed- 30 Perek Lamed-gimmel-33 Perek Samach-Zayin-67 Perek Tzaddik-90 Per3k Kuf-100 Perek Kuf Lamed Gimel-133 2 halochos of Loshon Hora 1. All forms of loshon hora are prohibited even whe the information is true and accurate. (only in very specific circumstances is it permissible to say something that would otherwise be considered loshon hora) Slander, which is information that is not true, referred to as hotzaa shem -literally spreading a bad name-is worse than loshon hora which is derogratory but true. To relate derogratory information that is essentialy true but includes either exaggerations or even slight altering of facts is also considered hotzaas shem ra.   2.  It is forbidden to relate a story for entetainment purposes ony if it contans derogatory or harmful information. To relate an amusing incident that would cause embarrasement to any of the people involved if told in ther presence constitutes speaking loshon hora. Many a humourous situation is actually quite painful to the person involved.   this project is being done l'refua shelaima Chaim Kalman ben Yehudis 

[Aneinu] BD"E - Missing Israeli Woman Confirmed Killed In Berlin Attack

Missing Israeli Woman Confirmed Killed In Berlin Attack December 22, 2016 9:07 am An Israeli woman who was declared missing following the deadly terror attack at a Berlin market earlier in the week was confirmed dead this morning, i24 News reports. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it was in contact with the family of Dalia Elyakim in order to arrange bringing her body to Israel for kevurah. Click Here! Alikim’s two children travelled to Berlin in order to give DNA samples that helped to identify their mother’s body. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expressed his great sadness upon hearing the news of Elyakim’s death in the “horrific” terror attack in Berlin. “From here I send my sympathies and offer strength to her family who are by the bedside of her husband Rami, who was seriously injured in the attack, and we pray for his speedy recovery,” he said. “We will remain united and determined in the face of this murderous terror which strikes across the world, and we will fight relentlessly against extremism and hatred.” { Israel}

JI Yitzy Bald & NYBC Present: Light Up! [Official Music Video]

NYBC is back at it again! They’re always looking for ways to make people happy. This Chanukah holiday season, New York Boys Choir, one of the most refreshing and creative sounds in the Jewish music scene, under the leadership of renowned producer Yitzy Bald, film producer Jake Sojcher, of JS STUDIOS, video editor Shuie Septimus, and musical producer and arranger extraordinaire, Doni Gross of DEG Productions, team up, to present this awesome, fun-filled, and inspiring music video/audio track, entitled “Light Up“. In this music video/audio track, NYBC looks for a creative way to spread the Light of Chanukah, despite the darkness, that many times, seems to exist in people’s lives. Conceptualized by Yitzy Bald, and filmed and directed by Jake Sojcher of JS Studios, this music video/audio clip, “Light Up“, is sure to get you singing & dancing. We are so so excited to share this track, “Light Up” with you, this Chanukah season, that we made it available as a FREE download on Soundcloud!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Or HaChaim Shemos/Exodus Vol. 1: Shemos – Yisro - Yaakov and Ilana Melohn Edition The Torah: With Or Hachaim's Commentary Translated, Annotated, and Elucidated COMING SOON

OrHaChaim's commentary is so rich, so profound, so wide-ranging, so broad and deep -- it has been one of the foremost, most revered commentaries on Chumash for nearly three centuries. The uniqueness of Or HaChaim: Points out every nuance of the Chumash text Blends the plain meaning with the interpretations of the Sages Weaves Kabbalistic concepts into the commentary Explains basic principles of our faith The multi-layered commentary speaks to everyone Elucidates all the elements of the commentary seamlessly Created by an extraordinary team of talmidei chachamim, this is the finest elucidation of Or HaChaim in any language. It includes Text of the Chumash, Targum, and Rashi Accurate, well researched, vowelized Or HaChaim text Flowing Interpretive translation of Or HaChaim, following the famed pattern of the ArtScroll Talmud, Rashi, and Ramban Introductions of concepts Remarkably clear explanatory notes Bottom line? This is an absolute masterpiece! For anyone who wants to understand the Torah as only Or HaChaim explains it - this edition is a is a must!(From Artscroll)

Nachum Got an OU Update with Incoming OU President Moishe Bane

Nachum hosted Moishe Bane incoming President of the Orthodox Union (OU) on this morning’s JM in the AM to get an OU update and to preview the January 15 “Torah in the City: Indoors at Citi Field” event. “The Orthodox Union (OU) and New York’s Orthodox community is gathering to explore the challenges of leading a Torah life in a modern world, through the lens of our classic texts and greatest thinkers. We are proud to feature some of the Torah world’s most brilliant minds as our speakers as well as a variety of compelling topics!”

OU Kosher Halacha Yomis: Chanukah for Rav Belsky

OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel ben Reb Dov HaLevi Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant from 1987-2016.Which comes first on motza’ai shabbos, Chanukah lights or havdala? There is a dispute among the poskim concerning this question. Normally, in selecting the sequence of two mitzvos we are guided by the principle of tadir v’she’eino tadir – tadir kodem (the more frequent mitzvah is performed first). As such, the Taz (681:1) rules that Havdallah is recited first because it is the more frequently performed mitzvah. The Biur Halacha (ibid.) quotes many acharonim who agree with the Taz including the Maharal MiPrague, the Tosfos Yom Tov and the Pri Chodosh. This was also the custom of the Chazon Ish (Sefer Hilchos Chanukah, p.44 footnote 46). However, the Mechaber and the Rama (681:2), followed by the Magen Avraham, Eliyahu Raba and Gra (see Biur Halacha ibid.), maintain that Ner Chanukah comes first. Their rationale is that delaying the departure of Shabbos is more important than the principle of tadir. A second reason to prioritize Chanukah is that one performs Pirsumei Nisa (publicizing the miracle) with the kindling of the Chanukah lights. In Shul, the accepted minhag is to light Chanukah lights first (Mishna Berura and Biur Halacha, ibid.). Possibly, this is because the great Pirsumei Nisa for an entire shul is very significant (see Aruch HaShulchan 681:2). At home one should follow his own minhag since there is a valid basis for both viewpoints (MB and BH, ibid.). If one has no minhag, he can choose what to do since both are valid minhagim (see end of Biur Halacha, ibid., in the name of the Pri Megodim). It should be noted that one is prohibited from doing any melacha after Shabbos, even if Shabbos has concluded, until he recites Ata Chonantanu in Shmoneh Esrei. If he forgot to say Ata Chonantanu, he should say the words Baruch hamvdil bein kodesh l’chol before lighting (MB 681:2).

OU TORAH Yerushalmi: Berachos 93 By Rabbi Yosef Grossman

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Opting Out of Hanukkah Lighting? + Polygraphs & DNA Tests and More / SHC Weekly ~ VaYishlah 5777 Part 2

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Opting Out of Hanukkah Lighting? + Polygraphs & DNA Tests and More / SHC Weekly ~ VaYishlah 5777 Part 1

Are paternity, DNA and other tests admissible in Bet Din? By Rav Yaakov Rappaport Forensic experts, law enforcement and justice departments worldwide employ various methods to determine whether a person is telling the truth or not. Blood tests, DNA tests and polygraphs are all admissible in court. In this article, we will examine the attitude of Halacha towards such methods. Are DNA Tests Reliable?

OU TORAH NALLEH.COM and YU TORAH Healed Hip Shira Smiles

Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein One of the most famous scenes in the Torah is the scene of Yaakov fighting an angel, emerging victorious albeit with an injured hip, and demanding that the angel bless him. It is here that Yaakov gets the additional name of Yisroel, meaning he who struggled with both man and God and was successful. Yaakov called the place Pniel, I have seen the face of El/God. As the sun rises for him and Yaakov walks away limping, the Torah alters the place name slightly to Pnuel.

OU TORAH Parshat Vayishlach 5777 By Shira Smiles(at OU ISRAEL)

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CHABAD.ORG No Compromising Our Judaism Life Lessons from Parshat Vayishlach By Yehoshua B. Gordon

From Jacob’s fearless encounter with Esau we derive a powerful message in standing firm in our commitment to Torah.

OU TORAH Vayishlach 5777 Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Vayishlach 5777

Toronto Torah for Parshat Vayishlach 5777 includes articles on the parshah, Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Toledano, the Netziv, Sodo shel haRebbe and more.


The prophet of Israel, describing what can unfortunately be characterized as the usual situation in Jewish life, states that it is comparable to one who flees from the lion and finds one's self in the embrace of a bear. Our father Jacob, who barely escapes from the treachery of Lavan, soon finds himself confronted by the deadly mob of his brother Eisav. Jacob, in his confrontation with Lavan, chooses the option of flight as he removes himself from the territory controlled by Lavan and his sons. But this option of flight is no longer possible in his contest with Eisav. Jacob is in his own land, the land of his ancestors, the land promised to him personally by God Himself, to be his rightful residence. As such, Jacob has nowhere to run.