Vayetze – “Jacob’s Ladder”

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.

The posting of the weekly Torah portion is brought with multiple intention. However, the first and foremost, is to simply to bring it each week to the table. Whether you inquire or not is up to you. I would not spend so much time on it if I didn’t think it part of exploring tight alignment. Here is a short video to get you started.

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