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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 30 Mar 2018 06:58 PM and ends Sat 24 Mar 2018 08:07 PM
ט"ז כסלו ה' אלפים תש"ע
Seven people are called up to the Torah Reading. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person "goes up" to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading.
1st 2nd & 3rd Aliyot: Yaakov (Jacob) returns to the Israel after 20-years in Charan where he married Leah and Rachel, has a large family. Yaakov sends messengers to Esau in hope of a reconciliation, but they report that his brother is on the warpath with 400 armed men. Yaakov does 3 things - he prepares for war, prays, and sends Esau a large gift (consisting of hundreds of heads of sheep and cattle) to appease him.
During the night, Yaakov sends his family and possessions across the Yabbok River but remains behind and encounters the angel of Esau, which he wrestles with until daybreak. Yaakov suffers a dislocated hip but wins and the angel names him Yishrael (Israel), which means "He who prevails over the Divine."
4th Aliyah: Jacob and Esau meet, embrace and kiss, but go there separate ways. Jacob lives near Shechem, Eisav returns to his kingdom of Seir. abducts and rapes Jacob's daughter Dinah.
5th Aliyah: Dinah's daughter is abducted and raped, her brothers Shimon and Levi avenge the deed by killing all male inhabitants of the city.
6th & 7th Aliyot: Rachel dies while giving birth to her second son, Benjamin, and is buried in a roadside grave near Bethlehem. Reuben loses the birthright because he interferes with his father's marital life. Yaakov arrives in Hebron, to his father Isaac, who later dies at age 180. His mother (Rivkah has passed away before Jacob's arrival). The parshah concludes detailing Esau's wives, children and grandchildren and their families.