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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Vayetze

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Yakov flees from Esav & leaves his parents home; he goes to Charan to his mother’s brother Lavan. On the way, he stops at Har Zion, the site of the future Bet HaMikdash, where he dreams of a ladder extending from Heaven to Earth, with angels going up & down. G-d tells Yakov his descendants will inherit this Land.

Yakov then meets Lavan’s daughter Rachel & falls in love with her. He agrees to work for Lavan for 7 years to marry Rachel, but at the wedding, Lavan switches Leah for Rachel. Yakov agrees to work another 7 years for Rachel &, after 1 week, marries her, as well.

Rachel remains barren while Leah gives birth to 6 sons & a daughter. Bilha & Zilpa, the maids of Rachel & Leah, each have 2 sons with Yakov. Finally, Rachel gives birth to a son, Yosef.

Yakov becomes wealthy during his 20-year tenure with Lavan, amassing huge flocks despite Lavan’s efforts to swindle him. Yakov &
his wives decide to flee Lavan, who pursues them in search of his stolen idols abruptly. Rachel hides the stolen idols from her father & ultimately dies in childbirth as a result. Yakov & Lavan argue, then sign a peace treaty & part ways.
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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