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Personal Parsha: VaYetze. Rachel

If you were Rachel and your husband Jacob tells you it’s time to leave your father’s house and go join the family of your in-laws, the monotheistic Abrahamic family, how would you say goodbye? What could Lavan, Rachel’s father, really understand about what it’s like to answer a call from G-d? So how would you explain it or say goodbye?

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Parsha Craft: VaYetze. Ladder up to Heaven.

This week’s Parsha begins with Yaakov leaving Canaan and heading for Charan. The night before he enters Charan, Yaakov has a dream where he sees a ladder stretching up to the sky with angels going up and down the ladder.

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Wonderful Word Search: VaYetze

With Yaakov in Haran, he begins to think about starting a family. While Yaakov is engaged to marry Rachel, he is tricked into marrying Leah, Rachel’s older sister, on his wedding day. By the time Yaakov is ready to leave Charan, he has children from Leah, Rachel, Bilhah and Zilpah! Most of the twelve tribes are born in this week’s Torah portion.

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Torah Treats: VaYetze

In this week’s Torah reading, stones are prominently featured.

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Fun Pizza

A great way to keep kids’ busy right before dinner is to get them involved in making dinner. Pizza is a kid-friendly meal to prepare and to eat!

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Parsha Craft: Toldot. Yaakov and Esav Puppets

In this week’s parsha, Parshat Toldot, we meet Isaac and Rebecca’s sons, Esau and Jacob. Although they are twin brothers, they are very different both internally and externally. According to Genesis 25:27, “Esau was a man who understood hunting, a man of the field, whereas Jacob was an pure man, dwelling in tents.”

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Split Pea Soup

For me, winter is always about a great thick warm soup at dinnertime. 

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Torah Treats: Toldot

Esav and Yaakov are prominently featured in this week’s Torah portion. Upon returning from his hunting grounds, Esav, who is completely famished, storms into his home and demands from Yaakov the “red, red stew” that Yaakov is cooking. Yaakov agrees on condition that Esav exchanges the red stew for his birthright. And so Esav sells his birthright to Yaakov for a bowl of red stew.

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TableTalk: Toldot

Today we take a step back to look at the bigger picture.

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TEN: Toldot

This week’s Torah reading introduces us to betrayal, between brothers, between husband and wife and between father and son.

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