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Torah Talk for Parashat Vayetze

November 19, 2015 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Yaakov flees to his uncle Lavan’s household and lives there for several years, marrying Lavan’s daughters, Leah and Rachel, and establishing a large family.

The parasha begins and ends with malachim. Yaakov, on his way to his Uncle Lavan’s house, has a dream of malachim ascending and descending a ladder. He arrives at Lavan’s meets and falls in love with Rachel, marries Leah and then Rachel, and they, together with their maidservants, give birth to eleven sons. After a number of run-ins with his uncle/father-in-law (both!), Yaakov gathers his wives and children to return to his homestead and malachei Elokim – the malachim of God – meet him on the way.

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