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Torah Talk for Parashat Vayetzei

December 6, 2016 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.

Yaakov gets very angry twice in this parasha. The first instance occurs in chapter 30, verse 2 (“Yaakov became very angry with Rachel…”). The second instance is in chapter 31, verses 36-42 (“And Yaakov was very angry, and fought with Lavan…”). The Torah does not take Yaakov to task for these outbursts; therefore, it appears to give tacit approval to his expressions of anger. However, two major medieval Jewish thinkers warn us away from anger. Read more >