This Week's Portion
Vayetze | ויצא | "He went out "
- Genesis 28:10 | Jacob's Dream at Bethel
- Genesis 29:1 | Jacob Meets Rachel
- Genesis 29:15 | Jacob Marries Laban's Daughters
- Genesis 30:25 | Jacob Prospers at Laban's Expense
- Genesis 31:1 | Jacob Flees with Family and Flocks
- Genesis 31:22 | Laban Overtakes Jacob
- Genesis 31:43 | Laban and Jacob Make a Covenant
- Hos 12:2 | The Long History of Rebellion
- Hos 13:1 | Relentless Judgment on Israel
- Hos 14:1 | A Plea for Repentance
- Hos 14:4 | Assurance of Forgiveness
The seventh reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayetze (ויצא), which means “and he went out.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “And Jacob went out from Beersheba” (Genesis 28:10 KJV). This portion tells the story of Jacob’s flight from his brother Esau, his vision at Bethel, his employment with his uncle Laban and his marriage to the two sisters, Rachel and Leah. Jacob’s double marriage results in a baby-bearing contest that gives him eleven sons. At the end of the portion, Jacob leaves Laban and returns to the land of Canaan, but not before Laban tries to stop him.
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