בראשית / Bereishit / Bereishis / Genesis 32:4-36:43
When his brother Eisav was coming to call
He did all he could,
And it all turned out good,
For his family survived, didn’t fall.
In Vayishlach, this week’s Torah reading,
Three lessons we ought to be heeding
Three steps Yaakov took,
So let’s take a good look
At this lesson we all could be needing.
Vayishlach means Yaakov sent out a crew
To tell Eisav “I’m coming back to see you,”
But they said “Eisav’s strong,
With an army along.”
Marching with hundreds of soldiers; it’s true.
Plan a strategy sturdy and steady
He split up his camp
Like a smart army champ
So he knew they’d be safer already.
But a second plan’s much more secure
So to show he was rich and mature
He sent Eisav some goats
To win over his votes
Finally, lastly, as Yaakov knew well,
We’re only safe when Hashem comes to dwell.
Please save me, he cried,
And my children please guide,
Like Avraham, we’ll listen and never rebel.
And it worked! Yaakov’s wishes all came about,
Eisav came with a hug: a kiss, not a shout,
But which of the three
Led to victory -
Did the prayer or gifts or his planning for war
Win Yaakov his peace and love and much more?
Which one of the three?
Just please don’t ask me;
That’s a question you’ll just have to go and explore…!