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Vayetze, Vayeitzei, or Vayetzei (Hebrew for “and he left”) is the seventh weekly parshah or portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. It constitutes Genesis 28:10–32:3. Jews in the Diaspora read it the seventh Sabbath after Simchat Torah, generally in November or December. Hebrew redirects here. ... In Jewish services, a Parsha or Parshah or Parashah, פרשה, meaning Portion in Hebrew, is the weekly Torah reading text selection. ... Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. ... Torah reading (in Hebrew: Kriat HaTorah or Reading [of] the Torah) has followed a steady pattern for the past two thousand years following the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and is still practiced by Orthodox Judaism and its adherents. ... Genesis (Greek: Γένεσις, having the meanings of birth, creation, cause, beginning, source and origin) is the first book of the Torah, the first book of the Tanakh and also the first book of the Christian Old Testament. ... The Jewish diaspora (Hebrew: Tefutzah, scattered, or Galut, exile) is the dispersion of the Jewish people throughout the world. ... Shabbat (Hebrew: שבת, shabbāt, rest; Shabbos or Shabbes in Ashkenazic pronunciation, ShabawTH in Teimoni pronunciation), is the weekly day of rest in Judaism. ... Simchat Torah (שמחת תורה) is a Hebrew term which means rejoicing with/of the Torah. It is a festivity that takes place on the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret, or Eighth (day) of Assembly, which falls immediately after the 7-day holiday of Sukkot in the autumn (mid- to late-October). ...

Jacob's Dream (painting by Michael Willmann)
Jacob's Dream (painting by Michael Willmann)

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Main article: Genesis

To escape his brother Esau's vengeance, Jacob traveled to his uncle Laban in Padan-aram, having been charged by Isaac to find a wife there. On the way, God appeared to Jacob at night, promising protection and aid for him and the land for his numerous descendants. Genesis (Greek: Γένεσις, having the meanings of birth, creation, cause, beginning, source and origin) is the first book of the Torah, the first book of the Tanakh and also the first book of the Christian Old Testament. ... Esau (Hebrew עֵשָׂו, Standard Hebrew Ê¿Esav, Tiberian Hebrew ʿĒśāw) is the son of Isaac and Rebekah and the older twin brother of Jacob in the biblical Book of Genesis, who, in the Torah, was tricked by Jacob into giving up his birthright (leadership of Israel) for a mess of pottage (meal... It has been suggested that Yaqub be merged into this article or section. ... Laban (Hebrew: לָבָן, Standard Tiberian  ; White) is the son of Bethuel, brother of Rebekah and the father of Leah and Rachel as described in the Book of Genesis. ... In the Bible, Padan-aram refers to the plain of Aram, or the plain of the highlands, (Gen. ... It has been suggested that Ishaq be merged into this article or section. ... At the bottom of the hands, the two letters on each hand combine to form יהוה (YHVH), the name of God. ...

Jacob and Rachel (painting by Palma il Vecchio)
Jacob and Rachel (painting by Palma il Vecchio)

Arrived at Haran, Jacob hired himself to Laban, on condition that, after having served for seven years as a herdsman, he would have for wife Laban’s younger daughter, Rachel, with whom Jacob fell in love. At the end of this period, Laban gave him the elder daughter, Leah. Jacob therefore served another seven years for Rachel, and after that six years more for cattle. In the meantime, Leah bore him Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah. By Rachel's maid Bilhah, Jacob had Dan and Naphtali. By Zilpah, Leah's maid, Jacob had Gad and Asher. Then, by Leah again, he had Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah. And finally, by Rachel, Jacob had Joseph. Jacob also acquired much wealth in flocks. In fear of Laban, Jacob fled with his family, and soon became reconciled with Laban. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3200x1858, 637 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Vayetze Portal:Bible/Featured chapter/Genesis 29 Portal:Bible/Featured chapter/July 18, 2006 Portal:Bible/Featured chapter... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3200x1858, 637 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Vayetze Portal:Bible/Featured chapter/Genesis 29 Portal:Bible/Featured chapter/July 18, 2006 Portal:Bible/Featured chapter... Haran (הָרָן) was a son of Terah, and brother of Nahor and Abram. ... Rachel (Hebrew: , Russian: , also spelled Rachael) Ewe, also innocence and gentility of a rose and may mean lovely. Standard Hebrew , Tiberian Hebrew , ) is the second and favorite wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin, first mentioned in the Book of Genesis of the Hebrew Bible. ... Look up Leah, לֵאָה in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Reuben (רְאוּבֵן, Standard Hebrew Rəʾuven, Tiberian Hebrew Rəʾûḇēn) is the first-born son of Jacob and the founder of the Tribe of Reuben, as related in the Book of Genesis of the Hebrew Bible. ... Simeon or Shimon (שִׁמְעוֹן) is a Hebrew name meaning Hearkening; listening, Standard Hebrew Å imÊ¿on, Tiberian Hebrew Å imʿôn) The Greek form of the name is Simon. ... Levi or Levy (לֵוִי Standard Hebrew Levi, Tiberian Hebrew LÄ“wî) was the founder of the Levite tribe of ancient Israel. ... In Genesis (the first book of the Bible) Judah (יְהוּדָה Praise, Standard Hebrew YÉ™huda, Tiberian Hebrew YÉ™hûḏāh) is the fourth son of Jacob and Leah, born in Padan-aram (Genesis xxix. ... In the Book of Genesis, Bilhah (בִּלְהָה Faltering; bashful, Standard Hebrew Bilha, Tiberian Hebrew Bilhāh) is a concubine of Jacob, and bears him two sons, Dan and Naphtali. ... Dan (דָּן Judge, Standard Hebrew Dan, Tiberian Hebrew Dān) is one of the sons of Jacob and Bilhah, Rachels maidservant (Genesis 30:4). ... In the Book of Genesis, Naphtali (נַפְתָּלִי My wrestling, Standard Hebrew Naftali, Tiberian Hebrew NapÌ„tālî) is the sixth son of Jacob and the founder of the tribe of Naphtali. ... In the Book of Genesis, Zilpah (זִלְפָּה Drooping, Standard Hebrew Zilpa, Tiberian Hebrew Zilpāh) is a concubine of Jacob and the mother of Gad and Asher. ... Gad is a son of Jacob and Zilpah. ... In the Book of Genesis, Asher (אָשֵׁר, Standard Hebrew AÅ¡er, Tiberian Hebrew ʾĀšēr) is a son of Jacob and Zilpah, and the founder of the Tribe of Asher. ... Issachar or Yissachar (יִשָּׂשׁכָר Reward; recompense, Standard Hebrew Yissaḫar, Tiberian Hebrew Yiśśâḵār) was the fifth son of Jacob and his first wife Leah. ... This entry incorporates text from Eastons Bible Dictionary, 1897, with some modernisation. ... Dinah (Hebrew: דִּינָה, Standard Tiberian  ; Judged; vindicated), mentioned in the Book of Genesis as the daughter of Jacob and Leah. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Commandments

According to Maimonides and Sefer ha-Chinuch, there are no commandments in the parshah. (See, e.g., Maimonides. The Commandments: Sefer Ha-Mitzvoth of Maimonides. Translated by Charles B. Chavel, 2 vols. London: Soncino Press, 1967. ISBN 0900689714. Sefer HaHinnuch: The Book of [Mitzvah] Education. Translated by Charles Wengrov, vol. 1, 87. Jerusalem: Feldheim Pub., 1991. ISBN 0873061799.) Commonly used image indicating one artists conception of Maimonidess appearance Maimonides (March 30, 1135 or 1138–December 13, 1204) was a Jewish rabbi, physician, and philosopher in Spain and Egypt during the Middle Ages. ... Sefer ha-Chinuch (Book of Education) is a Medieval text, published anonymously in 13th Century Spain, which discusses the 613 commandments of the Torah. ... Mitzvah (Hebrew: מצווה, commandment; plural, mitzvot; from צוה, tzavah, command) is a word used in Judaism to refer to (a) the commandments, of which there are 613, given in the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) or (b) any Jewish law at all. ...


Haftarah

The haftarah for the parshah is: The haftarah (haftara, haphtara, haphtarah, Hebrew הפטרה‎; plural haftarot, haftaros, haphtarot, haphtaros) is a text selected from the books of Neviim (The Prophets) that is read publicly in the synagogue after the reading of the Torah on each Sabbath, as well as on Jewish festivals and fast days. ...

Ashkenazi Jews, also known as Ashkenazic Jews or Ashkenazim (Standard Hebrew: sing. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Book of Hosea. ... Karaite Judaism or Karaism is a Jewish denomination characterized by the sole reliance on the Tanakh as scripture, and the rejection of the Oral Law (the Mishnah and the Talmud) as halakha (Legally Binding, i. ...

Further reading

The parshah has parallels or is discussed in these sources:

Paul Thomas Mann (June 6, 1875 – August 12, 1955) was a German novelist, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and Nobel Prize laureate, lauded principally for a series of highly symbolic and often ironic epic novels and mid-length stories, noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and intellectual. ... John E. Woods is the translator of many books, including much of the fictional prose of Arno Schmidt and the works of contemporary authors such as Ingo Schulze and Christoph Ransmayr. ... Joseph and His Brothers is a four part novel by Thomas Mann, published in over the course of 16 years. ... Denise Levertov (October 24, 1923 - December 20, 1997) was a British born American poet. ... Harold Bloom, Literary Critic Dr. Harold Bloom (born July 11, 1930) is an American professor and prominent literary and cultural critic. ...

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07vayetze (3541 words)
Parashat Vayetze is unique in that it consists of a single Masoretic parasha, i.e., one paragraph of 148 uninterrupted consecutive verses.[1] Though Masoretic division of the parashiyot is based on sundry reasons, not all of which are always clear,[2] it sometimes indicates a literary unity.
Thus the narrative of Parashat Vayetze is separate from that which precedes it in Toledot and that which follows it in Parashat Vayishlach.
However, between Toledot and Vayetze is a "closed" break, i.e., a space of a word, with the latter beginning on the same line as the former ends; no variation is found among manuscripts or midrashic sources.
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