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Parashat Vayeitzei (November 24, 2012)
by Missy Bell

IN THIS WEEK’S TORAH PORTION, Vayeitzei, Jacob receives a blessing from his father, Isaac, and then leaves his family home in Beersheva to seek a wife. During one night of his journey, he goes to sleep and dreams of a ladder that goes up to heaven. He sees angels going up and down the ladder. Then, he sees God beside him. God blesses Jacob, offering him and his future children the land around him. God tells Jacob that God will remain with him throughout his life. When Jacob wakes up from this dream, he says, “Surely God is in this place, and I did not know it!” (Genesis 28:16)

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