Friday, November 24, 2017

Parashah 7: Vayetze (He went out) Genesis 28:10 through 32:3

Shabbat shalom, mishpocah! Time to unwind, stop working and REST. As always, you can find the weekly Torah portion on our website.

In last week's portion we saw that Ya'akov (the younger of Yitz'chak's twins) bought the birthright from his brother Esav in exchange for a bowl of lentil soup, and then tricked his aging father Yitz'chak into thinking he was Esav so he could also receive the blessing of the firstborn. Thus, Ya'akov became our third Patriarch. AND saw YHWH condoning it!

This week's Torah portion, however, is a true "soap opera" of human behavior as we learn the history of Ya'akov (Jacob), the son of Yitz'chak (Isaac), who - in order to escape the wrath of Esav - was sent to live with his grandfather B'tu'el (his maternal grandfather) and told to choose a wife from the daughters of his Uncle Lavan, Rivkah's brother (who, although he was "family" did not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob).....


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