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And [Jacob] Left

And Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. - Genesis 28:10

  • Jacob dreams of angels going up and down a ladder. God blesses him. Jacob names the place Bethel. (28:10-22)
  • Jacob works seven years in order to marry Rachel, but Laban tricks Jacob into marrying Leah, Rachel's older sister. (29:16-25)
  • Jacob marries Rachel but only after having to commit himself to seven more years of working for Laban. (29:26-30)
  • Leah, Rachel, and their maidservants, Bilhah and Zilpah, give birth to eleven sons and one daughter. (29:31-30:24)
  • Jacob and his family leave Laban's household with great wealth. (31:1-32:3)

When do we read Vayeitzei?

2020 Nov 28
/12 Kislev, 5781


  • By Rabbi Dan Moskovitz

    This week's Torah portion, Vayeitzeidescribes the first part of the journey of the biblical Jacob. Fleeing the wrath of his brother, whose birthright he purchased and whose blessing he stole, Jacob is “heading for the exits.” Fleeing his home, along the way he stops and dreams of angels and God. Jacob awakens from his dream with a start and declares to no one in particular: Achein yeish Adonai bamakom hazeh v’anochi lo yadati, “Surely God is in this place and I [“I” is repeated] did not know it!” (Gen. 28:16).

  • Torah for Tots

    A guide to help adults learn how to engage young children in a discussion about this week’s Torah portion.  

  • Torah for Tweens

    How much do you know about Vayeitzei? Learn more with Torah for Tweens.

  • Torah for Teens

    This parasha opens as Jacob journeys to a new land. On his way, he stops to rest and angels come to him in a dream to bless him. When he arrives in Haran, he works in order to marry Rachel, but at the wedding her sister Leah is there. He has to work even more to marry Rachel. Listen here to find out what happens next!  

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