And [Jacob] Left

Genesis 28:10−32:3

When Is Vayeitzei Read?

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/ 9 Kislev 5786
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  • 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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Vayeitzei Commentary

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Growth Requires Truth

By: Rabbi Kari Tuling

Jacob was given a blessing that promised him all the worldly goods and acclaim he could want. He would be rich and important. But this week's portion, Vayeitzei, opens with Jacob using a rock as a pillow, utterly destitute and completely alone.

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Listen to Podcasts About Parashat Vayeitzei

Listen to Rabbi Rick Jacobs discuss Parashat Vayeitzei in these episodes of his podcast, On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah.

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