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Daily Wisdom

A Parshah teaching for every day of the week


The seventh section of the Book of Genesis begins the chronicle of the third patriarch, Jacob. It opens as he leaves (Vayeitzei, “he left” in Hebrew) Canaan to find a wife from among his kinsmen in Aram. He in fact marries four wives there and fathers a large family, as well as amassing a considerable fortune with Divine help. After 20 years, he secretly flees Aram, fearful that his possessive father-in-law Laban will try to prevent him from leaving. But after Laban overtakes him, they make peace.

First Reading: Genesis 28:10–22
Second Reading: Genesis 29:1–17
Third Reading: Genesis 29:18–30:13
Fourth Reading: Genesis 30:14–27
Fifth Reading: Genesis 30:28–31:16
Sixth Reading: Genesis 31:17–42
Seventh Reading: Genesis 31:43–32:3
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