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Parashat Vayeitzei (December 10, 2016)
by Rachel Brumberg

IN THIS WEEK’S TORAH PORTION, Parashat Vayeitzei, we begin with Jacob leaving Beer-Sheva. In his travels, he comes across a well. Surrounding the well are flocks of sheep being watered. Jacob approaches the shepherds and asks them if they know his uncle, Laban, the man he had set off to find. It is while Jacob is standing at the well, speaking to the shepherds, that he first sees Rachel, the daughter of his Uncle Laban, who came to water her father’s flock. And the rest, as they say, is history. Family unites; Jacob falls in love with Rachel; Laban makes Jacob work seven years to wed Rachel but then gives him his older daughter Leah instead; Jacob works seven more years to finally marry the younger, prettier daughter that he fell in love with back at the well.

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