Sat. * Torah and Haftarah * 11`.29.2014

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* TORAH  * for children

Parashat * Vayetzeh *

The Real Housewives of Canaan



In this Torah portion, Jacob has a dream
 with angels going up and down a ladder from
 earth to heaven. God appears before Jacob,
 renewing the covenant that God had made
 with Abraham. Jacob sees Rachel, Laban's
 daughter, tending to sheep and wishes to 
marry her. Laban tricks Jacob into marrying
 his eldest daughter, Leah, after seven years of
 labor. In exchange for another seven years 
of work, Jacob is allowed to marry Rachel.
 Jacob has many sons with Leah, but Rachel
 is unable to conceive. Finally, God blesses 
Rachel, and she has a son,
 whom she names Joseph.

Hosea tells the Israelite kingdom: God's punishments will be harsh, but repentance is possible.

This week's parashah tells of Jacob fleeing his home and agreeing to work for seven years for the right to marry Rachel.

Hosea mentions this part of Jacob's life story as he speaks about the sinful ways of Jacob's descendents--the northern tribes of Israel, which he refers to by the name of one major tribe, "Ephraim."

Hosea explains their iniquity: "When Ephraim spoke with trembling, he was lifted high in Israel, but through an idol he incurred guilt and died" (13:1). He then adds: "They [the people] add sin to sin, making for themselves molten images" (13:2). Ever since the northern kingdom of Israel split from Judah, under the reign of King Jeroboam I, the people of Israel had been guilty of idolatry. Generations later, while Hosea prophesies, this problem still exists.

Thanksgiving and the Jews:
 Pennsylvania, 1868

When the Governor of Pennsylvania declared
 that Thanksgiving should be celebrated as a
 Christian holiday in 1868, the rabbis 
of Philadelphia protested.


Shavua Tove
Have a nice week

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