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Vayeitzei – Rishon
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Yaakov departed Be’er-Sheva and headed for Charan. He came to a particular place, where he camped for the night. (Rashi tells us that this place was Mount Moriah, as both are called simply “the place.”) He made a pillow from some stones. While he slept, Yaakov had a prophetic vision of a ladder reaching towards […]
Vayeitzei – Sheini
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So, Yaakov headed off to Avraham’s homeland in the east. When he arrived, he came to a well, where groups of shepherds were gathering. The well was capped with a large stone and they had to wait until all the shepherds arrived to be able to remove it. While they waited, Yaakov chatted with the […]
Vayeitzei – Shlishi
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Yaakov had fallen in love with Rachel and he offered to work for Lavan for seven years in exchange for her hand in marriage. (Yaakov was well aware of Lavan’s reputation as a trickster, so he specified that he intended to marry Lavan’s younger daughter. This was meant to preclude Lavan bringing in another girl […]
Vayeitzei – R’vi’i
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Reuven went for a walk during the wheat harvest, when he found some mandrakes. He brought some back to his mother, Leah. (The mandrake was used as an aphrodisiac and Reuven was aware that his mother wanted to have more children.) Rachel saw this and asked Leah to share. Leah’s response was defensive. “It’s not […]
Vayeitzei – Chamishi
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“Well,” said Yaakov, “you know how diligent an employee I’ve been. Your flock has really thrived under my care. But now I’ve got to build up my own family. I’m not asking for a handout; I have a business proposition for you. I’ll keep tending your sheep and goats. Before I start, remove all the […]