And [Jacob] Left

Genesis 28:10−32:3

When Is Vayeitzei Read?

/ 9 Kislev 5782
/ 9 Kislev 5783
/ 12 Kislev 5784


  • 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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The Power of Our Dreams, Both Asleep and Awake

By: Rabbi Michael Dolgin

Dreams are an essential human experience. They tell us what we desire, what we lack, what we need, and what we should work toward. We may dream while we are in bed, but the dreams that guide us while we awake are just as important. The book of Genesis contains many famous dreams, and this week’s parParashahפָּרָשָׁהTorah portion. The five books of the Torah are divided into 54 parashiyot or portions. Each week, Jewish communities read one parashah (singular of parashiyot); in this way, Jewish communities read the entire Torah over the course of a year.  Depending on the calendar, some weeks will feature a “double-portion.” The name of each portion is taken from the first few significant words of the portion; plural: parashiyot ...

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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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