Vayeitzei

וַיֵּצֵא
And [Jacob] Left

Genesis 28:10−32:3

When Is Vayeitzei Read?

/ 12 Kislev 5781
/ 9 Kislev 5782
/ 9 Kislev 5783

Summary

  • 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

Torrah and Kippah

A Divine Moment When Heaven and Earth Touch

By: Rabbi Dan Moskovitz

This week's Torah portion, Vayeitzei, describes 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.”

At his mother’s urging, Jacob is going back to the old country...

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