In this week’s Torah reading, stones are prominently featured.
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.
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?
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.
Help Jacob find his way to Laban’s house in Charan!
Jacob runs away from home after taking the blessing for the eldest son from his brother, Esau’s. Esau vows to kill his brother for stealing his blessing. Jacob sets off to Laban’s home to escape Esau’s anger.
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