Vayetzei (“He Went Out”) opens as Jacob dreams about angels going up and down a ladder, and then continues on his journey toward the home of his uncle Laban. During years of indentured servitude, Jacob marries Laban’s daughters Leah and Rachel, bearing children with them and with their maidservants, Bilhah and Zilpah.
In the Haftorah, the LORD’S faithful protection of Jacob and Israel is contrasted with Ephraim’s idolatry. Hosea assures Ephraim that their repentance will be accepted.
In the Apostolic Writings, we read of Philip’s meeting with the Master and he alludes to Jacob’s Ladder.
The seventh portion of the book of Beresheet/Genesis is Vayetzei, which means “He Went Out.” This is the 7th Torah Portion.
TORAH: Genesis 28:10-32:2
HAFTORAH: Hosea 12:12-14:10
APOSTLES: John 1:41-51
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