Meaty Issues Parashat Vayishlach

From now on, what will tie the reader to the patriarch is not merely genealogy or a literary association with the figure of Jacob in the Bible.

Commenting on this verse, the sages cite a passage from Deuteronomy (33:26 ): "There is none like unto God, O Jeshurun." The beginning of the verse is understandable, but what does the perplexing word "Jeshurun" (Yeshurun ) refer to? Says the midrash: "Rabbi Brachia, citing Rabbi Judah, son of Rabbi Simon, states, 'There is none like unto God.' But who is like God? Jeshurun. Those fine,...