Vayeitzei (Genesis 28:10-32:3)

28:10 Why did Jacob leave Beer-Sheva?
           Why does the Torah state that he “departed”?
28:11 Which place did he spend the night?
           What does “because the sun had set” imply?
28:12 Why did the angels ascend the ladder first instead of descending from Heaven first?
           What does the Midrash state about Jacob’s dream and four empires?
           What does this teach us?
28:13 What is unusual about G-d referring to himself in this verse as the “G-d of Isaac”?
            Why did he do this?
            What land was G-d referring to?
            How was this possible?
28:15 Why did G-d say “I am with you” to Jacob?
          Why didn’t He say that to Abraham and to Isaac?
28:16 Why did Jacob mention that he “did not know”?
           What was different about Jacob’s sleep apart from his dream?
           What discovery about serving G-d did Jacob make which was transmitted to future generations?
28:22 What does “house of G-d” mean?
29:7-8 What do we learn from these verses?
29:11 Why did Jacob weep?
29:12 Why did Jacob say that he was her father’s brother?
          What do we learn from “and she told her father”?
29:13 Why did Laban run to Jacob, embrace him and kiss him?
29:17 Why did Leah have “tender eyes”?
29:18 Why was Jacob so specific?
29:20 What is the literal translation of “achadim”?
          What do we learn from this about observing mitzvot?
29:21 How old was Jacob after he worked the first seven years for Rachel?
29:23,25 Why didn’t Jacob know immediately that it was not Rachel?
29:34 Why does it say “He called his name, Levi”?
30:1 How could Jacob “give” her children?
30:3 What does “upon my knees” mean?
30:15 What was the consequence of Rachel letting Leah sleep with Jacob?
30:24 Why did Rachel pray for just one more son?
30:26 What does “give me my wives and my children” mean?
31:5 What does this verse have to do with indifference to wrongdoing?
31:24 Why did G-d restrain Laban from doing something good to Jacob?
31:36 What does this verse have to do with our efforts indicating what our values are?

Additional items for discussion:
1. Jacob was deceived by Laban. Where else was there a deception which involved Jacob?
2. Why was Rachel envious of Leah? What does this tell us about our patriarchs and matriarchs?
3. Who were the fathers of the Rachel and Leah’s handmaidens who bore children with Jacob?
4. Is there a problem with Jacob marrying both Rachel and Leah in relation to the 613 commandments of the Torah?


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