…because for safety’s sake, sometimes, one has to leave, well, almost everything…
This week’s portion is Parashat Vayetzei / פרשת וַיֵּצֵא traditionally covering Genesis 28:10-32:3, and this year’s Triennial cycle covers readings Revi’i & Chamishi (4th and 5th readings of the Annual Cycle ). It’s the famous Stairway to Heaven parashah, but many of us read that part last year.
Parashat Vayetzei 5781 / פרשת וַיֵּצֵא
Triennial – year 2
- 1: 30:14-16
- 2: 30:17-21
- 3: 30:22-27
- 4: 30:28-36
- 5: 30:37-43
- 6: 31:1-9
- 7: 31:10-16
- maftir: maf: 32:1-3 (3 p’sukim)
I think I can sum these two aliyot (readings) up in two words: family feuds.
The 4th aliyah has Rachel and Leah competing in the womb wars, jealous of one another, explaining the names of the boys, but just naming poor Dinah, full stop.
Then, after a few spotted sheep, Rachel and Leah’s entire family seems to be jealous of them, or rather, of their husband. And they feel like outsiders to their family, and to each other. The commentators say that they felt sold to Jacob by their father Laban.
So, it was time for Jacob to leave: with his wives and kids. So, he decided, after discussion with his wives, and a dream confirming that it was a good idea, to get going.
Leaving often does not go over well with a bully who wants your time/labour/resources/honor for his own.
We see what happens next, next year…
Shabbat Shalom ! שָׁלוֹם
1.) Consider your times when you may have had to leave a potentially dangerous domestic situation, or just had to leave the place you’d lived for twenty years.
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